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Planet NarniaThe Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C. S. Lewis$
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Michael Ward

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195313871

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313871.001.0001

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313871.003.0010

The problem of occasion: why did Lewis write the Chronicles of Narnia? Writing was always the way to freedom for him, and the debate about Naturalism with Elizabeth Anscombe at the Socratic Club caused him difficulties which may have required mental and imaginative liberation. In Miracles, his defence of Idealism, he had argued that human reason was monarchical and that Naturalists preferred to live in a democratic universe. In part, the first Narnia Chronicle was written to demonstrate the same case imaginatively as he had made propositionally in his apologetics.

Keywords:   Socratic Club, Elizabeth Anscombe, Miracles, monarchical, democratic, Naturalism, Idealism, reason, apologetics, occasion

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