Shakespearean Metaphysics Michael Witmore

ISBN: 9780826490445

Published: December 28th 2008

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156 pages


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Shakespearean Metaphysics  by  Michael Witmore

Shakespearean Metaphysics by Michael Witmore
December 28th 2008 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 156 pages | ISBN: 9780826490445 | 5.77 Mb

Metaphysics is usually associated with that part of the philosophical tradition which asks about last things, questions such as: How many substances are there in the world? Which is more fundamental, quantity or quality? Are events prior to things,MoreMetaphysics is usually associated with that part of the philosophical tradition which asks about last things, questions such as: How many substances are there in the world?

Which is more fundamental, quantity or quality? Are events prior to things, or do they happen to those things? While he wasnt a philosopher, Shakespeare was obviously interested in ultimates of this sort. Instead of probing these issues with argument, however, he did so with plays.

Shakespearean Metaphysics argues for Shakespeares inclusion within a metaphysical tradition that opposes empiricism and Cartesian dualism. Through close readings of three major plays - The Tempest, King Lear and Twelfth Night - Witmore proposes that Shakespeares manner of depicting life on stage itself constitutes an answer to metaphysical questions raised by later thinkers as Spinoza, Bergson, and Whitehead. Each of these readings shifts the interpretative frame around the plays in radical ways- taken together they show the limits of our understanding of theatrical play as an illusion generated by the physical circumstances of production.



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