Touching on the work of philosophers including Richardson, Kant, Hume, Wittgenstein, Nietzsche, and Dewey, this study examines the history of what philosophers have had to say about "Shakespeare" as a subject of philosophy, from the seventeenth-century to the present. Stewart's volume will be of interest to Shakespeareans, literary critics, and philosophers.
Table of Contents
Abbreviations and Bibliographical Note Acknowledgments 1: Philosophy’s Shakespeare: Defining Terms 2: Philosophy’s Shakespeare: Breaking the Silence 3: Hume’s Shakespeare 4: "Philosophy" in Richardson’s Philosophical Analysis of Shakespeare 5: Enlightenment Shakespeare 6: Shakespeare and Subjectivity: Kierkegaard and Nietzsche 7: Pragmatism’s Shakespeare 8: Shakespeare and the "Limits of Wittgenstein’s World" 9: Shakespeare and "The Litrification of Philosophy" Appendix: The Evolution of Richardson’s Philosophical Analysis Notes Bibliography Index
Stanley Stewart is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside.