Jeffrey Griswold deposited Human Insufficiency and the Politics of Accommodation in King Lear in the group CLCS Renaissance and Early Modern on MLA Commons 2 weeks ago
By contextualizing the trope of the “unaccommodated man” within Aristotelian notions of insufficiency, this article demonstrates that King Lear theorizes a communitarian politics, rather than one founded in sovereign authority. For late sixteen-century thinkers such as Richard Hooker, Pierre La Primaudaye, and Robert Persons, the vulnerability of the human body provided a material account of the political animal. Our physical weakness requires the accommodation of other people. Our physiology binds us to political bodies through material insufficiency. King Lear engages this discourse, asking whether humans exist primarily as individuals or are mutually constituted. That is, can we live without society?