Shakespeare's Philosophy

Shakespeare's Philosophy : Discovering the Meaning Behind the Plays

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Shakespeare's plays are usually studied by literary scholars and historians and the books about him from those perspectives are legion. It is most unusual for a trained philosopher to give us his insight, as Colin McGinn does here. In his brilliant commentary, McGinn explores Shakespeare's philosophy of life and illustrates how he was influenced, for example, by the essays of Montaigne that were translated into English while Shakespeare was writing.In addition to chapters on the great plays, there are also essays on Shakespeare and gender and his plays from the aspects of psychology, ethics, and tragedy. As McGinn says about Shakespeare, "There is not a sentimental bone in his body. He has the curiosity of a scientist, the judgement of a philosopher, and the soul of a poet." McGinn relates the ideas in the plays to the later philosophers such as David Hume and the modern commentaries of critics such as Harold Bloom. The book is an exhilarating reading experience about one of the greatest writers in English.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 137.16 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 136.08g
  • HarperPerennial
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0060856165
  • 9780060856168
  • 261,783

About Colin McGinn

Colin McGinn was educated at Oxford University. The author of sixteen previous books, including The Making of a Philosopher, he has written for the London Review of Books, The New Republic, the New York Times Book Review, and other publications. He has taught philosophy at University College of London, Oxford, and Rutgers University, and is a distinguished professor of philosophy at the University of Miami.
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Though admittedly dense and at times difficult to get through, Colin McGinn continues to provide an insightful outlook into the world of Shakespearean writing. Whether he's contemplating the place of women within Othello, or the like, his thought provoking pieces allow readers to take a different perspective on a multifaceted text and build their own interpretation. It served as an irreplaceable aid when analysing Shakespearean texts. At such an average price, purchasing the book is something you won't regret.show more
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