Philosophy and the Puzzles of Hamlet

A Study of Shakespeare's Method

Author: Leon Harold Craig

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1628920483

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

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Shakespeare's famous play, Hamlet, has been the subject of more scholarly analysis and criticism than any other work of literature in human history. For all of its generally acknowledged virtues, however, it has also been treated as problematic in a raft of ways. In Philosophy and the Puzzles of Hamlet, Leon Craig explains that the most oft-cited problems and criticisms are actually solvable puzzles. Through a close reading of the philosophical problems presented in Hamlet, Craig attempts to provide solutions to these puzzles. The posing of puzzles, some more conspicuous, others less so, is fundamental to Shakespeare's philosophical method and purpose. That is, he has crafted his plays, and Hamlet in particular, so as to stimulate philosophical activity in the "judicious" (as distinct from the "unskillful") readers. By virtue of showing what so many critics treat as faults or flaws are actually intended to be interpretive challenges, Craig aims to raise appreciation for the overall coherence of Hamlet: that there is more logical rigor to its plot and psychological plausibility to its characterizations than is generally granted, even by its professed admirers. Philosophy and the Puzzles of Hamlet endeavors to make clear why Hamlet, as a work of reason, is far better than is generally recognized, and proves its author to be, not simply the premier poet and playwright he is already universally acknowledged to be, but a philosopher in his own right.

Tibet's Last Stand?

The Tibetan Uprising of 2008 and China's Response

Author: Warren W. Smith

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742566859

Category: History

Page: 299

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This deeply knowledgeable book offers the first sustained analysis of the 2008 uprising in Tibet, which revealed much about Tibetan nationalism and even more about Chinese nationalism. Retracing the complex history between China and Tibet, noted expert Warren W. Smith Jr. describes the uprising itself and explores its broader significance for Chinese-Tibetan relations. He sharply critiques China's use of heavy-handed propaganda to recast the uprising and obscure its origins and significance. The book convincingly shows that far from becoming more lenient in response to Tibetan discontent, China has determined to eradicate Tibetan opposition internally and coerce the international community to conform to China's version of Tibetan history and reality.

Sprachphilosophie / Philosophy of Language / La philosophie du langage. 2. Halbband

Author: Marcelo Dascal

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110203294

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 1227

View: 3459

Mit dem systematischen Einsatz der Sprachanalyse bei der Behandlung philosophischer Probleme kommt es in den letzten hundert Jahren zu einer sich ständig beschleunigenden Entwicklung der Sprachphilosophie sowohl diachron, durch immer bessere Kenntnisse der historischen Vorläufer, als auch synchron, durch Differenzierung der begrifflichen Hilfsmittel. Sie findet in enger Wechselwirkung mit Logik, Linguistik, Psychologie und der aus ihnen entwickelten Kognitionswissenschaft statt, neuerdings auch in Konkurrenz zu der als Wissenschaft vom Zeichengebrauch eine integrierende Funktion beanspruchenden Semiotik und zur Theorie der Kommunikation, insofern Sprachhandlungen als Handlungen mit Kommunikationsabsicht gelten. Wird Zeichengebrauch noch in zeichenvermitteltes, empirisch beobachtbares Verhalten eingebettet aufgefaßt, so nimmt in diesem Zusammenhang wiederum Handlungstheorie (Pragmatik/Praxeologie) und Verhaltensforschung (Ethologie), ergänzt um die von der Theorie der künstlichen Intelligenz bereitgestellten Modellbildungen, die Stelle sowohl der Semiotik wie der Theorie der Kommunikation in ihrer Rolle als fundierende Disziplin ein. Das Handbuch Sprachphilosophie gibt eine nach Fragestellungen, Behandlungsmethoden und theoretischem Rahmen möglichst umfassende Übersicht über den aktuellen Stand dieser Disziplin. I. Raumzeitliche Übersichten II. Personen III. Positionen IV. Kontroversen V. Begriffe VI. Sprachphilosophische Aspekte in anderen Bereichen

The Time is Out of Joint

Shakespeare as Philosopher of History

Author: Agnes Heller

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742512511

Category: Fiction

Page: 375

View: 4763

The Time Is Out of Joint presents an examination of Shakespeare's distinctly modern confrontation with time and temporality, the difference between the truth of the fact, that of theory, and that of interpretation and revelatory truth, and finds that Shakespeare anticipated post-metaphysical philosophy and its central concerns at a time when modern metaphysics had not yet reached it speak. Visit our website for sample chapters!

Social Constructivism and the Philosophy of Science

Author: André Kukla

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134567383

Category: Philosophy

Page: 192

View: 4980

Social constructionists maintain that we invent the properties of the world rather than discover them. Is reality constructed by our own activity? Do we collectively invent the world rather than discover it? André Kukla presents a comprehensive discussion of the philosophical issues that arise out of this debate, analysing the various strengths and weaknesses of a range of constructivist arguments and arguing that current philosophical objections to constructivism are inconclusive. However, Kukla offers and develops new objections to constructivism, distinguishing between the social causes of scientific beliefs and the view that all ascertainable facts are constructed.


The Loyal Friend of Prince Hamlet

Author: Richard W. Coan

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781425946289

Category: Fiction

Page: 164

View: 9804

In Shakespeares Hamlet, Horatio is a trusted friend who serves as a sounding board for the prince. But who is Horatio? How did he meet the prince? How does he view the people and events in the royal household? And what does he seek for himself in life? The events in Shakespeares play take on fresh meaning when seen from the perspective of characters other than the prince himself. In this novel, Horatio has a life of his own. We see him as a sensitive, scholarly man who dreams, falls in love, struggles with fear, and pursues his own course of action. What he sees and does affects life in the castle, but he knows that his own destiny lies elsewhere. The son of a Danish cloth merchant, he has grown up in Copenhagen. He goes to the University of Paris to pursue his interest in philosophy. Some stormy exchanges leave him disenchanted, and he moves to the University of Wittenberg, where he develops a friendship with Hamlet and Marcellus. Learning of the death of his father, Hamlet returns to Elsinore. Knowing he must also return soon, Marcellus urges Horatio to come with him. Sharing quarters in the city with two royal guards, Horatio spends much time at the castle. A young lady catches his eye, and a passionate romance begins to flourish. But he also has a succession of encounters with a shrewd and devious courtier, whom he suspects of seeking to manipulate events in the royal household. Ultimately faced with dire events he cannot control, he looks forward to a better life far from the castle.

The Stop

Author: David Appelbaum

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791423813

Category: Philosophy

Page: 154

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The central axis of The Stop is the secret turn of awareness by which we pass from ignorance to knowledge. The stop, then, is the spark of initiation, intense enough to arouse consciousness from its slumber and to motivate the difficult journey to a higher understanding. To stop is to begin a movement toward consciousness.

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139835262

Category: Literary Collections

Page: N.A

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Philip Edwards aims to bring the reader, playgoer and director of Hamlet into the closest possible contact with Shakespeare's most famous and most perplexing play. In his Introduction Edwards considers the possibility that Shakespeare made important alterations to Hamlet as it neared production, creating differences between the two early texts, quarto and folio. Edwards concentrates on essentials, dealing succinctly with the huge volume of commentary and controversy which the play has provoked and offering a way forward which enables us once again to recognise its full tragic energy. For this updated edition, Robert Hapgood has added a section on prevailing critical and performance approaches to the play. He discusses film and stage performances, actors of the Hamlet role as well as directors of the play; his account of scholarship stresses the role of remembering and forgetting in the play, and the impact of feminist and performance studies.

End Of Knowing

Author: Fred Newman,Lois Holzman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134778295

Category: Psychology

Page: 208

View: 5071

First published in 1997. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: English philology

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Law and philosophy

the practice of theory : essays in honor of George Anastaplo

Author: George Anastaplo,John Albert Murley,Robert L. Stone,William Thomas Braithwaite

Publisher: N.A


Category: Judicial process

Page: 1155

View: 3031



Philosophy and Paradise Lost

Author: Tzachi Zamir

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190695080

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 216

View: 7654

Paradise Lost has never received a substantial, book-length reading by a philosopher. This, however should surprise no one, for Milton himself despised philosophers. He associated philosophy with deceit in his theological writings, and made philosophizing into one of the activities of fallen angels in hell. Yet, in this book, philosopher and literary critic Tzachi Zamir argues that Milton's disdain for their vocation should not prevent philosophers from turning an inquisitive eye to Paradise Lost. Because Milton's greatest poem conducts a multilayered examination of puzzles that intrigue philosophers, instead of neatly breaking from philosophy, it maintains a penetrating rapport with it. Paradise Lost sets forth bold claims regarding the meaning of genuine knowledge, or acting meaningfully, or taking in the world fully, or successfully withdrawing from inner deadness. Other topics touched upon by Milton involve some of the most central issues within the philosophy of religion: the relationship between reason and belief, the uniqueness of religious poetry, the meaning of gratitude, and the special role of the imagination in faith. This tension-disparaging philosophy on the one hand, but taking up much of what philosophers hope to understand on the other-turns Milton's poem into an exceptionally potent work for a philosopher of literature. Ascent is a philosophical reading of the poem that attempts to keep audible Milton's anti-philosophy stance. The picture of interdisciplinarity that emerges is, accordingly, neither one of a happy percolation among fields ('philosophy', 'literature'), nor one of rigid boundaries. Overlap and partial agreement clash against contestation and rivalry. It is these conflicting currents which Ascent aims to capture, if not to reconcile.

The Poetics, Aesthetics, and Philosophy of Narrative

Author: No?l Carroll

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9781405194570

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 132

View: 3372

This anthology is the first study of the philosophy of narrative in the analytic tradition. Brings together eleven articles exploring narrative, metaphysics and epistemology, character, and emotion Examines various narrative art forms, including painting and comics The first of a new series of books published in association with the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism