Shakespeare’s Understanding of Honor

John E. Alvis, Shakespeare’s Understanding of Honor (Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 1989)

Summary from the Publisher:

Shakespeare’s Understanding of Honor, is not simply an in-depth study of Shakespeare’s plays, it is also a comprehensive survey of the perennial issues facing political societies which claim to be committed to both justice and equality. Alvis notes that, “We seem to have good cause to distrust honor as a principle of moral and political life, yet our depreciation of the motive entails costs. The ideal of equality is our best guide to justice but perhaps not by itself sufficient to nourish other strengths of mind and heart.” This is a study which is highly relevant to today’s political discourse, and it is refreshing because it invites us to read Shakespeare as a guide through the complexities of politics.

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