The Devil’s Philosophy of Law: Obedience and Disobedience

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This chapter analyses how different portraits of the Devil figure entail different conceptions of power and different relations with obedience. With regard to Milton’s Paradise Lost, the Devil figure represents disobedience to established authorities; with regard to Goethe’s Faust, the Devil figure represents the cunning art of punishing by means of obedience.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhilosophical Approaches to the Devil
EditorsBenjamin W. McCraw , Robert Arp
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)113893304X
ISBN (Print)978-1138933040
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in the Philosophy of Religion


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