Shakespearean Metaphysics

Instead of probing these issues with argument, however, he did so with plays. Shakespearean Metaphysics argues for Shakespeare's inclusion within a metaphysical tradition that opposes empiricism and Cartesian dualism.

Author: Michael Witmore

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1441149473

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 156

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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, or do they happen to those things? While he wasn't 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 Shakespeare's 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 Shakespeare's 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.

Shakespearean Metaphysics

Monism and an island reality that is both of the theatre and ofthe world: that is our
destination, but to reach it we must return briefly to the question of what the word
metaphysics might mean, for Shakespeare, and for us. This is not a simple task, ...

Author: Michael Witmore

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0826490433

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 143

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A fresh approach to the plays that suggests they can be seen as metaphysical 'experiments' conducted in the medium of drama.

The Metaphysics of Naturalism

Yet Shakespeare's lines contain a meaning that is vitally important for
metaphysics . An unusual extension of meaning of a word can be enlightening ,
and this Shakespearean instance of such extension is a case in point . For the
most ...

Author: Sterling Power Lamprecht

Publisher: Irvington Pub

ISBN:

Category: Metaphysics

Page: 228

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Outlines of Metaphysics Dictated Portions of the Lectures of Hermann Lotze

00 Hudson : Harvard Edition of Shakespeare ' s Complete Works :20 Vol . Edit .
Cloth , retail , $ 25 . 00 ; Half - Calf , retail , 55 . 00 10 Vol . Edit . Cloth , retail , $
20 . 00 ; Half - Calf , retail , 40 . 00 Life , Art , and Characters of Shakespeare .

Author: Hermann Lotze

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Category: Metaphysics

Page: 166

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The Colloquial Musical Metaphysics of Francis Hueffer and George Bernard Shaw

For Wagner , Shakespeare transcended the limits of poetry as an expression of
the will that Schopenhauer had set and that he had adopted . However , as with
Beethoven , Shakespeare was not aware of this quality in his work : it was not a ...

Author: Jeffrey Hay (T.)

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Category: Music

Page: 608

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book I The beginnings book II From metaphysics to positive science book III The age of enlightenment 1901

The turns of expression in which it was parodied by the great Elizabethan
playwright recall precisely the excrescences of the style of Gorgias . We may
quote , for example , Falstaff ' s speech to the Prince , “ For , Harry , now I do not
speak to ...

Author: Theodor Gomperz

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Category: Philosophy, Ancient

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The review of metaphysics

Shakespeare's tragedies are grouped in a period of his life when , as far as we
can tell biographically , the " bent of his mind ” seems to have been that way .
Goethe never felt chosen . He realized that the tragic sense of the world and of
man's ...

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Deleuze Whitehead and the Transformations of Metaphysics

( SMW , 20 ) This may be what reading Whitehead depends upon : that we are
able to do in philosophy what we know how to do when Shakespeare is
concerned when we appreciate together the deep and dark Hamlet , and maybe
Deleuze ...

Author: André Cloots

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Category: Metaphysics

Page: 164

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Outlines of Metaphysic

THE HARVARD EDITION OF SHAKESPEARE'S COMPLETE WORKS . BY
HENRY N. HUDSON , LL.D. , AUTHOR OF THE “ LIFE , ART , AND
CHARACTERS OF SHAKESPEARE , ” EDITOR OF School SHAKESPEARE , ”
Etc. In Twenty ...

Author: Hermann Lotze

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Category: Metaphysics

Page: 166

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Metaphysics 1987

The claim that ' Noman ' refers to Noman and yet does not refer to anything ,
properly understood , is really no more baffling than the claim that ' Shakespeare '
refers to Shakespeare , who is long dead . When referring to merely possible ...

Author: James E. Tomberlin

Publisher: Ridgeview Publishing Company

ISBN:

Category: Philosophy

Page: 526

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Outlines of Metaphysic Dictated Portions of the Lectures of Hermann Lotze

THE HARVARD EDITION OF SHAKESPEARE ' S COMPLETE WORKS . BY
HENRY N . HUDSON , LL . D . , AUTHOR OF THE “ LIFE , ART , AND
CHARACTERS OF SHAKESPEARE , ” Editor Of “ School SHAKESPEARE , ” Etc .
In Twenty ...

Author: Hermann Lotze

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Category: Metaphysics

Page: 166

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Shakespeare and Early Modern Religion

This volume freshly illuminates the diversity of early modern religious beliefs, practices and issues, and their representation in Shakespeare's plays.

Author: David Loewenstein

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 110702661X

Category: Drama

Page: 317

View: 143

This volume freshly illuminates the diversity of early modern religious beliefs, practices and issues, and their representation in Shakespeare's plays.

An Elementary Christian Metaphysics

The two entitative principles in the light of which metaphysics gives its
penetrating account of things are , as the preceding chapters have ... The
situation would parallel the proof that Shakespeare was really another man by
the same name .

Author: Joseph Owens

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Category: Christianity

Page: 384

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God After Metaphysics

In fact , someone with a good training in metaphysics might argue that since
relation is only an accident of being ( and ... In the famous graveyard scene from
Shakespeare's Hamlet , the gravedigger maintains a similar argument : Hamlet ...

Author: John Panteleimon Manoussakis

Publisher: Indiana Series in the Philosop

ISBN:

Category: Philosophy

Page: 213

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A new way of thinking about God and religious experience.

Moral and Metaphysical Philosophy

Now and then it will be his duty to speak of him Shakespeare in connection with
both . With Shakespeare we acquiesce after belongs to a little hesitation in the
arrangement which gives him to the Elizabethan age , however many of his plays
 ...

Author: Frederick Denison Maurice

Publisher:

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Category: Philosophy

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The Metaphysics of Aristotle

Shakespeare . Dramatic Works . Edited by S. W. Singer . With a Life of
Shakespeare by W. W. Lloyd . Uniform with the Aldine Edition of the Poets . In lò
vols . fcap . 8vo . cloth , 2s . 6d . each . Plays and Poems . With Notes and Life by
Charles ...

Author: Aristotle

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Category: Metaphysics

Page: 445

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Metaphysics Truth and Materialism

Shakespeare also opined in Hamlet ( II - 2 ) thus : “ There is nothing either good
or bad , thinking makes it so " . In the context of the above mentioned four
questions Bertrand Russel has opined thus : “ On all four of these questions ,
while fully ...

Author: Narayan Kumar Chattopadhyay

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Category: Existentialism

Page: 200

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Philosophy and Metaphysics

No one could pretend that the speech of Shakespeare's characters was “ real ” or
an imitation of ordinary speech . It is only “ possible ” speech ; but this surely is an
inadequate and external description . When we are immersed in the drama ...

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Category: Art

Page: 212

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Exposition of the Metaphysics of Aristotle

... because their branches of knowledge did not aim at utility ( Metaphysics , I , c . l
) . But even above the masters of the fine arts , the masters of still other arts are
reted higher still . Thus Plato is universally esteemed higher than Shakespeare ...

Author: Saint Thomas (Aquinas)

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John Donne s Metaphysical Love Poetry

Introduction Most people would think of Shakespeare if they were asked for the
most famous poet of the Elizabethan era. He invented the “Shakespearean
Sonnet” after all, which is probably the only type of Renaissance poem German ...

Author: Sabine Strebel

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3668906548

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 12

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Seminar paper from the year 2018 in the subject English - Literature, Works, grade: 2,0, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, language: English, abstract: Most people would think of Shakespeare if they were asked for the most famous poet of the Elizabethan era. He invented the “Shakespearean Sonnet” after all, which is probably the only type of Renaissance poem German students have to read during their school career. However, Shakespeare was not the only author of sonnets during this time. Someone who deserves just as much acknowledgement in this area is John Donne, who had an especially meteoric comeback in 1921 due to the publication of Eliot’s essay “The Metaphysical Poets.” Roland Greene, an editor for the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, shows in the encyclopedia that many scholars actually consider Donne to be one of the greatest poets in the English language. His work focused on themes of love and devotion, both the physical and spiritual kinds. The latter can be also found in his poem “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning.” In this poem, Donne describes a situation every person who has fallen in love can relate to: the lovers face an upcoming farewell. Although the poem was written around 400 years ago, it still addresses issues that can be found in several poems, songs or other stories of our time. Maybe it would be too easy to compare Donne’s metaphysical love poetry to a current pop song since he elaborates this valediction with something resembling a catchy refrain: a series of four metaphysical conceits where he “unleashes all his rhetorical cleverness” as Greene calls it. What the title suggests and what also emerges upon a first reading is that the speaker wishes to forbid any mourning about the parting of the two lovers. They appear strong and well prepared since their love outshines the love of “[d]ull sublunary lover’s” (13). But after further reflection, and rereading the poem, the reader can deduce that the speaker is trying to cover up his worries and fears over the parting. Baumlin raises the question of whether the last three stanzas in Donne’s poem serve as a doubting promise that the speaker will return, and a plea for the woman’s continued faith.