Alan Baily

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Alan Baily is an Associate Editor of VoegelinView and Associate Professor of Political Science at Stephen F. Austin University in Texas. He has published numerous articles on ancient Greek political philosophy.

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Big Lebowski

An Introduction to Lebowskiana
The “Stranger” — our narrator, a nineteenth century cowboy, who, somehow, is also an observer, and erstwhile participant in the story — delivers these introductory lines:
A way out west there was a fella, fella I want to tell you about, fella by the name of Jeff Lebowski. At least, that was the handle his lovin” parents gave…
King Lear

The king is mad. How stiff is my vile sense,


That I stand up and have ingenious feeling


Of my huge sorrows. Better I were distract—


So should my thoughts be severed from my griefs,


And woes by wrong imaginations lose


The knowledge of themselves.


King Lear, IV.vii


 
1. Shakespeare’s Worldly Poetry
 Shakespeare is a worldly poet par excellence. One cannot appreciate Shakespeare’s “worldliness” without first contrasting it…