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The ethical imagination in Shakespeare and Heidegger

Author: Andy Amato
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Academic, 2019. ©2019
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While large bodies of scholarship exist on the plays of Shakespeare and the philosophy of Heidegger, this book is the first to read these two influential figures alongside one another, and to reveal how they can help us develop a creative and contemplative sense of ethics, or an 'ethical imagination'. Following the increased interest in reading Shakespeare philosophically, it seems only fitting that an encounter  Read more...
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Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Amato, Andy.
Ethical imagination in Shakespeare and Heidegger.
London : Bloomsbury Academic, 2019
(OCoLC)1038059230
Named Person: William Shakespeare; Martin Heidegger; Martin Heidegger; William Shakespeare
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Andy Amato
ISBN: 9781350083684 1350083682 9781350083677 1350083674
OCLC Number: 1076873331
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 259 pages)
Contents: Intro; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Preface; I; II; III; Chapter 1: The Poetic Rift; Questioning the exceptional; Being Shakespearized; Becoming song; Finding the Queen; Envisioning love; Discovering the reason; Chapter 2: Retrieving the Question; The most important part; The beauty [and horror] of the World; Guilt and the call of conscience; Free for death; Free for life; Chapter 3: Of Mortal Gods; A (not so) free relation; Human, all too human; Only a God can save us; A World elsewhere; Chapter 4: Before the Open; Godhead; Dimension; Measure; Restoration; Epilogue
Responsibility: Andy Amato, the University of Texas at Dallas, USA.

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While large bodies of scholarship exist on the plays of Shakespeare and the philosophy of Heidegger, this book is the first to read these two influential figures alongside one another, and to reveal how they can help us develop a creative and contemplative sense of ethics, or an 'ethical imagination'. Following the increased interest in reading Shakespeare philosophically, it seems only fitting that an encounter take place between the English language's most prominent poet and the philosopher widely considered to be central to continental philosophy. Interpreting the plays of Shakespeare through the writings of Heidegger and vice versa, each chapter pairs a select play with a select work of philosophy. In these pairings the themes, events, and arguments of each work are first carefully unpacked, and then key passages and concepts are taken up and read against and through one another. As these hermeneutic engagements and cross-readings unfold we find that the words and deeds of Shakespeare's characters uniquely illuminate, and are uniquely illuminated by, Heidegger's phenomenological analyses of being, language, and art.

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