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Seattle Analytic Philosophy Club Message Board › Elizabethan Mindset

Elizabethan Mindset

George
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Raleigh, NC
Post #: 75
When reading Shakespeare's comedies, I was repeatedly struck by those sexually explicit jokes made between queens and fools. They are tasteful, of course, because the Bard's language is extremely savory. More than that, I think people back then still had what Bertrand Russell called "the capacity for wholehearted joys and sorrows."

Most of these jokes are off-limits now, which makes me wonder what a fucked up world we live in today. The Elizabethan world is dominated by religion, which seems to suggest an inconvenient truth: religion is fine; it is morality that poisons everything.
George
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Raleigh, NC
Post #: 78
Call me unsophisticated. I do laugh at the Miller's tale, chuckle when I think about it, laugh again when I read it again years later. I admit there are changes in sentiments. I manage with difficulty to understand why the man was furious after he "kiste hir naked ers
ful savorly."
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