Shakespeare the Philosophical Poet (Studies in Renaissance Literature v. 18)

Shakespeare the Philosophical Poet (Studies in Renaissance Literature v. 18)

By: Farhang Zabeeh (author)Hardback

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Part 1 Preliminaries: a list of philosophical topics; what makes Shakespeare a philosophical poet; knowledge of philosophical issues, references to Plato's "Timaeus" and "The Republic", to Aristotle's "Nicomachean ethics", to the stoics, the epicureans and the sceptics; a pro-naturalistic-humanistic and anti-scholastic renaissancian world - view; critical remarks on institutional autocracy of church and state; the critics - David Hume, Voltaire, Dr Johnson, Tolstoy, Bernard Shaw, Andre Gide and T.S. Elliot; refutation of their criticism; a new perspective - a semantic approach to the text and application of Gottlob Frege, Rudolf Carnap and Ludwig Wittgentsteins's conceptual categories to the text. Part 2 Shakespeare's semantic dimension: the magic of names - Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, Julius Caesar, Henry IV, Twelfth Night; of sign and sense - Hamlet, Falstaff, Richard III; "honour", "conscience" and "words without matter"; on thinking, talking and imagining -experience, thought and imagination; the problem of the other's minds, Hotspur, Othello, Macbeth, Hamlet, Sonnets; on metaphor - Aristotle, modern view (Bloom, Ricoeur, Heidegger on "nothingness" in "The Folio"); word/stage; death/sleep/dreams; the ladder metaphor; erotic metaphors. Part 3 Testability and truth: the Prince of Denmark -Hamlet; jesters as philosophers - Falstaff as Aristophane's "Socrates"; Hamlet's scepticism and quest for truth; the background -Bacon, Copernicus, Kepler, Bruno; the test, the mouse-trap; the Knight of Faith (Abraham) - Abraham as viewed by Kierkegaard and Kant; subjectivity, anxiety, self-knowledge - the mirror metaphor, Hamlet, Richard II, Cassius, Richard III. Part 4 The myth of time: Plato, Aristotle, Sonnets,augustine; natural time-eternity; a modern perspective; the subject time. Part 5 On human autonomy and bondage: fatalism, determination, freedom and chance defined new behaviourists, existentialists, self-knowledge - Edmund, Gloucester, Kent, Cassius, Hamlet, Coriolanus. Part 6 The pragmatic dimension: Shakespeare's moral bent as expressed by players - Hamlet, Troilus, Macbeth, the King, Ulysses; genealogy of values - passion-reason, reason as physician to love - Falstaff, Hamlet, Troilus, Hume, Nietzsche, The Bible; political values - the divine right of kings; "A Rude Age", "The Gun Powder Plot", equivocation - Macbeth, Hamlet; the law and order; anarchy and the mod rule; against tyranny; stoical stance for peace and harmony.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773481855
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 244
  • ID: 9780773481855
  • ISBN10: 0773481850

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