Reading Shakespeare through Philosophy

This book draws upon a variety of thinkers including Plato, Aristotle, Leibniz and Kant, in search of a revitalized philosophical criticism of Julius Caesar, Love’s Labor’s Lost, The Merchant of Venice, Timon of Athens, and Twelfth ...

Reading Shakespeare through Philosophy

Reading Shakespeare through Philosophy advocates that the beauty of Shakespearean drama is inseparable from its philosophical power. Shakespeare’s plays make demands on us even beyond our linguistic attention and historical empathy: they require thinking, and the concepts of philosophy can provide us with tools to aid us in that thinking. This volume examines how philosophy can help us to re-imagine Shakespeare’s treatment of individuality, character, and destiny, particularly at certain moments in a play when a character’s relationship to space or time becomes an enigma to us. The author focuses on the dramatization of seemingly magical relationships between the individual and the cosmos, exploring and rethinking the meanings of 'individual', 'cosmos' and 'magic' through a conceptually acute reading of Shakespeare's plays. This book draws upon a variety of thinkers including Plato, Aristotle, Leibniz and Kant, in search of a revitalized philosophical criticism of Julius Caesar, Love’s Labor’s Lost, The Merchant of Venice, Timon of Athens, and Twelfth Night.

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Reading Shakespeare through Philosophy
Language: en
Pages: 182
Authors: Peter Kishore Saval
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-01-10 - Publisher: Routledge

Reading Shakespeare through Philosophy advocates that the beauty of Shakespearean drama is inseparable from its philosophical power. Shakespeare’s plays make demands on us even beyond our linguistic attention and historical empathy: they require thinking, and the concepts of philosophy can provide us with tools to aid us in that thinking.
Shakespeare in Hate
Language: en
Pages: 170
Authors: Peter Kishore Saval
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-12-07 - Publisher: Routledge

Hate, malice, rage, and enmity: what would Shakespeare’s plays be without these demonic, unruly passions? This book studies how the tirades and unrestrained villainy of Shakespeare’s art explode the decorum and safety of our sanitized lives and challenge the limits of our selfhood. Everyone knows Shakespeare to be the exemplary
Shakespeare and Continental Philosophy
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Jennifer Ann Bates
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-09-10 - Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

This collection of 15 essays by celebrated authors in Shakespeare studies and in continental philosophy develops different aspects of the interface between continental thinking and Shakespeare's plays.
The Routledge Companion to Shakespeare and Philosophy
Language: en
Pages: 612
Authors: Craig Bourne, Emily Caddick Bourne
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-10-25 - Publisher: Routledge

Iago’s ‘I am not what I am’ epitomises how Shakespeare’s work is rich in philosophy, from issues of deception and moral deviance to those concerning the complex nature of the self, the notions of being and identity, and the possibility or impossibility of self-knowledge and knowledge of others. Shakespeare’s plays
Of Philosophers and Kings
Language: en
Pages: 406
Authors: Leon Harold Craig
Categories: Drama
Type: BOOK - Published: 2001 - Publisher:

This innovative work argues that Shakespeare was as great a philosopher as he was a poet, and that his greatness as a poet derived even more from his power as a thinker than from his genius for linguistic expression. Accordingly, Leon Craig's interpretation of the plays - focusing primarily on