By Howard B. White
The departmentalism of yank universities has without doubt a lot to suggest it. It shows that exuberance isn't a adequate sub stitute for scholarship, that, for greater or for worse, each student this present day has to be anything of a expert. but if any nice author and nice philosopher reaches out and grasps the entire of human existence, the learn of his paintings transcends specialization. And whereas exuberance won't change scholarship, it may possibly accompany it. such a lot of my paintings has been performed within the historical past of political philosophy. i've got dared to overstep departmental limitations, simply because i feel that Shakespeare has whatever to assert to political philosophy. it's not that i am the 1st to precise this view. even if I convey it good or badly, I shall now not be the final. i need to thank Leo Strauss, my instructor. He has learn the manus cript and given me the advantage of his perception and judgment. i would like 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 aid has been beneficiant, and my appreciation is deep. i have to, particularly, thank my colleague, Adolph Lowe. He has perused this examine, a lot of it in different models. via lengthy walks in Manchester, Vermont, we now have mentioned my paintings and his reviews. frequently his reviews were compelling. i will remorse in simple terms that i'm thoroughly unqualified to reciprocate.
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IV, ii, 33-34) Timon is made aware of the services of Flavius. He remains unaware of the others. And the service of Flavius intrudes upon the general hatred for mankind: How fain would I have hated all mankind, And thou redeem'st thyself. (IV, iii, 503-4) Timon's failure to distinguish between the love of his servants and the flattery of his beneficiaries, like his failure to distinguish between the hypocrisy of the Painter and the Poet and the nobility of Flavius, is part of the reason Timon could not mend.
It is getting a little ahead of our story, but the one chance the fallen Timon has for redemption is the plea of the senators that he return to Athens and lead his country against Alcibiades. His refusal to do so shows his failure to become a true philanthrope. Fame demands admiration: it demands something that will be objective, that will be lasting, and that will be exemplary: like good laws or the salvation of the polis. Timon is, however, a private man, but not a contemplative man - in other words, not a private man in the 6 7 Leo Strauss, On Tyranny (New York, 1948), p.
40 THE DECAY OF THE POLITY: TIMON He tries to hold off the flatterers and the creditors. Now he apparently believes in the mission of the Senators, though he has little hope that Timon, in his suffering, will do as pled. The scene also gives us a somewhat clearer picture of the respect in which Timon is held from the beginning by the Steward, by A1cibiades, and even by Apemantus. Timon is a hero, and heroes are not made by bounties alone, even in the twentieth century. The Senate wants something more than to offer the assurance of redress, the rare repentance of a public body.
Copp’d Hills Towards Heaven Shakespeare and the Classical Polity by Howard B. White