By Howard B. White
The departmentalism of yankee universities has no doubt a lot to suggest it. It exhibits that exuberance isn't really a adequate sub stitute for scholarship, that, for higher or for worse, each pupil this day has to be anything of a expert. but if any nice author and nice philosopher reaches out and grasps the complete of human existence, the examine of his paintings transcends specialization. And whereas exuberance would possibly not substitute scholarship, it could possibly accompany it. such a lot of my paintings has been performed within the heritage of political philosophy. i've got dared to overstep departmental limitations, simply because i feel that Shakespeare has anything to claim to political philosophy. i'm really not the 1st to precise this view. even if I show it good or badly, I shall no longer be the final. i would like to thank Leo Strauss, my instructor. He has learn the manus cript and given me the advantage of his perception and judgment. i need to thank Richard Kennington, who has taken loads time from his personal paintings to remark meticulously and constructively in this paintings as on different issues i've got written. His support has been beneficiant, and my appreciation is deep. i have to, particularly, thank my colleague, Adolph Lowe. He has perused this research, a lot of it in different models. via lengthy walks in Manchester, Vermont, we now have mentioned my paintings and his reviews. often his reviews were compelling. i will be able to remorse simply that i'm thoroughly unqualified to reciprocate.
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Nor is there anything shameful about the patronage of the arts, which is his next largesse. It becomes fairly clear with the conversations with the poet and the painter, the jeweller and the merchant, that Timon's largesse is indiscriminate. What makes it clear, however, is less the nobility or absence of nobility of the object than the flattery and the response to flattery. Timon's beneficiaries are badly chosen, because they are hypocrites. That his giving is "ignoble" as well as "unwise" becomes apparent only with the Second Scene, and the banquet.
He never conquered Athens, but, had he done so, could that have been regarded as redemption? There is mercy in the final scene, but one cannot altogether avoid the suspicion that towers, trophies, and schools have already fallen. We have come a long way from the city of Theseus and Pericles. The solid core of the free society is the common people, and Flavius is far above most of the serving characters in Shakespeare. But that is not what is wrong with Athens. Neither Timon nor Alcibiades is the Platonic statesman, if even the Platonic statesman could have averted disaster in the city of usury.
As to that in which we joy or delight, I think that Sidney is right, that it gets its "convenience" in nature. " It is not Viola's fairness alone, but her whole character, in which we joy. 71 72 Loc. , p. 53. Ibid. THE BETTER SCHOOL 23 What cannot be shown here but must be shown in the book as a whole is that there is a comic spirit, which is redemptive from the tragic life, and is in some way common to Plato and Shakespeare. Thus I hope to go beyond the historical question, to ask whether, in an age that holds faith low and thought lower, we might find a way of life in the joys of goodness and of philosophy.