Centre to uncover the essence of humanity
Weds June 1, 2011, The Australian
The centre is structured around a roll-call of investigators from Australia, Europe and North America, one of whom is the University of Queensland’s Peter Holbrook, a Shakespeare and renaissance literature professor….
“The politics and distinction between reason and the passions are fascinating too. John Milton, for example, sees the tyrant as the person who has essentially lost control over his or her own passionate desires. Tyrants are driven to oppress others in order to gratify their own appetites [for pleasure, wealth, and so on]. They are not truly free but, as he put it, enthralled to themselves. A genuinely free society, a commonwealth, he thought, depended on the ability of people to master their own drives, to practise self-government, to embody what Milton calls, inspiringly, rational liberty.”