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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The word “environment” is old, but the habit of understanding ourselves as creatures of “the environment” is much younger. As Joshua J. Bowman notes, Thomas Carlyle first invoked “the environment” nearly 200 years ago—but it was Henry David Thoreau who raised environmentality to an exalted status. In Imagination and Environmental Political Thought, Bowman documents and assesses the influence of this…

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…

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…