The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0927 Friday, 28 April 2000.
Date: Friday, 28 Apr 2000 08:12:11 -0400
Subject: Book Recommendation
Perhaps of interest to all those SHAKSPEReans who are curious about the
English Renaissance reconciliation of Christianity, political authority,
and private revenge: Geoffrey Aggeler's latest, <'Nobler in the Mind:
The Stoic-Skeptic Dialiectic in Eng. Ren. Tragedy>. Within the purpose
of this book (philosophical and ethical systems of the E.R., natch),
Aggeler takes up the revenge tragedy and its relationship to political
and religious thought. For example, "Though Aristotelian <megalopsychia>
is the antithesis of self-denying Christian humility, Christian writers
could find support in Aristotle for the view that maintaining one's
reputation is a moral imperative" (49-50).
There's more, of course; I just put in that snippet to tease you. I
recommend the book (see chapter 2 in particular for a discussion of the
morality of revenge) highly. It's very meaty stuff, even if Aggeler's
thesis isn't easily digested.