Together, they painted a portrait of the artist both overarching and magisterial, if in his particular thumb-your-nose version of magisteriality
. It's a mistake to think that because he takes bows in baggy shorts--and something like a serape-and Christopher Robin sandals with colored socks that Morris is an informal artist, or even an informal personage.
The spectral audience of Savater's professorial peers (absent from the text of his book, listed by name in the prologue) bear mute witness to this assumption of magisteriality
, which is tacitly attested by the effortless parade of (albeit unfootnoted) textual authorities in the work itself and its uncharacteristically abstract mode of discourse.