To her credit, McKay takes reports of such behavior more seriously than have most previous studies, but I was left with the unsettling impression that medicalizing Schubert's condition has allowed the author to reconcile the traditional requirement that a biography of a great composer demonstrate the fundamental virtue of its object with otherwise recalcitrant data: if Schubert's "periods of heavy drinking, dissoluteness
, and laziness and his episodes of offensive behavior, were all linked to his medical condition" (p.
Falstaff is sophistic again later in this scene when, playfully impersonating Hal, he verbally translates his own gluttony and dissoluteness
to virtue: "If sack and sugar be a fault, God help the wicked
73) The public nature of the acts is sometimes evidence of the loss of self-control resulting from general dissoluteness
, and particularly the consumption of alcohol and other substances -- drinking and whoring.
21, 22: "Evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, stealings, greeds, viciousnesses, fraud, dissoluteness
, envy, evil-speaking, pride, folly" (Super 6:287).
Fears concerning loss of moral values, dissoluteness
, spread of drug abuse, pornography and prostitution are also widespread across Europe.
The idea is that too much liberty will lead to licentiousness and dissoluteness
, and an erosion of liberal politics.