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ISBN-10: 0521529204

ISBN-13: 9780521529204

ISBN-10: 0521821894

ISBN-13: 9780521821896

Reissued with a brand new preface and a brand new essay on Macbeth, King Lear, Othello, Coriolanius, Hamlet and The Winter's story, this well-known choice of essays on Shakespeare's tragedies considers the performs as responses to the drawback of data and the emergence of recent skepticism

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Everyone knows that something is mad in the skeptic’s fantastic quest for certainty. Philosophers from the beginning, in Descartes and in Hume, have taken the madness into account. I am here merely picking up a different corner of the veil. The glimpse is of an internal connection between skepticism and romanticism, of a sense of why skepticism is what romantic writers are locked in struggle against, writers from Coleridge and Wordsworth to Emerson and Thoreau and Poe (and for future reference I single out E.

On the contrary, what we call law and what we call science would themselves have become modified as part of the historical trauma that sets the scene for skepticism (or for which skepticism sets the place), the scene in which modern philosophy finds itself. And it remains to be assessed what the role of God was, and what compensates for it, in these dispossessions in question. In Cartesian epistemology God assures the general matching of the world with human ideas of it by preserving it, its matching and its existence; in Lockean society God assures our general human claims to possession and dominion of the world by having given it to us.

So I shall let this introduction go on at further length than I had at first proposed to do. Those who have some interest in what I have so far written may be glad of this; others may find the results needlessly difficult and obscure. Since conviction in its pertinence must depend on the convincingness of the handling of individual plays, a reader unfamiliar with how I look at the work of the plays might find it efficient to turn at once to one or another of the individual readings and then come back here.

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