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Rethinking Shakespeare's Political Philosophy
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Rethinking Shakespeare's Political Philosophy: From Lear to Leviathan

Alex Schulman

Abstract

This book provides a new interpretation of William Shakespeare's plays as a unified statement of early modern political theory. It demonstrates that Shakespeare's plays provide an astonishingly powerful reckoning with the tradition of Western political thought, one whose depth and scope places Shakespeare alongside Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes and others. It therefore challenges the reigning viewpoint among political theorists that Shakespeare affirms ancient concepts of political virtue. It is the first attempt by a political theorist to read Shakespeare, and to place him within the ... More

Keywords: William Shakespeare, theatre, early modern political theory, political philosophy, Western political thought, modernity, modern politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780748682416
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748682416.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alex Schulman, author