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Open Access Philosophy – Noah (1667) on God and Nature

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Philosophy – Noah (1667) on God and Nature

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Noah, of Ondergang der Eerste Weerelt is the last play Vondel wrote, and he never saw it performed. The first act is set somewhere in the Caucasus, at the gates of 'Reuzenburgh'. The next act introduces Achiman, 'ruler of the East', who is preparing his royal wedding to Urania and who is told by Noah's 'Bouwmeester' that he had better prepare for a swim. The third act Achiman is forced to swallow his original libertine response to Noah's epiphany. At the opening of the fourth act we meet Noah's son Ham, who has apparently just been at the party and has spoken to Urania, and who now meets up with his father. The final act brings back to the court of Achiman. As soon as Vondel turns to the language of theology and philosophy, he rejects the Radical Enlightenment emphatically, as is evident from his Bespiegelingen van Godt en Godtsdienst.

Keywords:Achiman; Bespiegelingen; Noah; Radical Enlightenment; Reuzenburgh; Urania; Vondel



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