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Middlemarch and the Roots of European Culture

Abstract: The essay considers the novel Middlemarch as a mode of modern reflection on the roots of European culture. The article propounds the thesis that in fictional form through the characters significant philosophical topics and ideas are presented. Not only the well-known philosophical influences of Spinoza and Feuerbach upon George Eliot are analyzed, but the delicate way in which the writer experiments in her novel with the ideas of Plato, Aristotle and Christian theology is traced out.

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