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Shakespeare's Hamlet: Philosophical Perspectives

Tzachi Zamir


Hamlet has long been recognized as concerned with fundamental philosophical issues about identity, responsibility, intimacy, mourning, and agency. How is the play’s address to these issues structured by its distinctively powerful literary-dramatic form and language? What might philosophy have to learn from its mode of address? Is such learning affected by Hamlet being not merely literature, but literature designed to be embodied and voiced on a stage? And what light, in turn, might attention to philosophical themes cast on the play’s development and interest, in other words, does literary crit ... More

Keywords: Shakespeare, Hamlet, philosophy, literature, knowledge, grief, love, self, temporality, authenticity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190698515
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190698515.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tzachi Zamir, editor
Professor, Department of Philosophy and Department of Comparative Literature, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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