The Time Is Out of Joint : Shakespeare as Philosopher of History

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The Time Is Out of Joint : Shakespeare as Philosopher of History

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 384 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780742512511
  • DDC分類 822.33

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The Time Is Out of Joint handles the Shakespearean oeuvre from a philosophical perspective, finding that Shakespeare's historical dramas reflect on issues and reveal puzzles which were taken up by philosophy proper only in the centuries following them. Shakespeare's extraordinary handling of time and temporality, the difference between truth and fact, that of theory, and that of interpretation and revelatory truth are evaluated in terms of Shakespeare's own conjectural endeavors, and are compared with early modern, modern, and postmodern thought. Heller shows that modernity, which recognized itself in Shakespeare only from the time of Romanticism, found in Shakespeare's work a revelatory character which marked the end of both metaphysical system-building and a tragic reckoning with the inaccessibility of an absolute, timeless truth. Heller distinguishes the four stages found in constantly unique relation in Shakespeare's work (historical, personal, political, and existential) and probes their significance as time comes to fall 'out of joint' and may be again set aright. Rather than initially bestowing upon Shakespeare the dubious honorary title of philosopher, Heller probes the concretely situated reflections of characters who must face a blind and irrational fate either without taking responsibility for the discordance of time, or with a responsibility which may both transform history into politics, and set right the time which is out of joint. In the ruminations and undertakings of these characters, Shakespeare's dramas present a philosophy of history, a political philosophy, and a philosophy of (im)moral personality. Heller weighs each as distinctly modern confrontations with the possibility of truth and virtue within a human historical condition no less multifarious for its momentariness.

Table of Contents

Introduction                                       1  (14)
Part I: The Time Is Out of Joint
What Is Nature? What Is Natural? 15 (18)
Who Am I? Dressing Up, Stripping Naked 33 (24)
Acting, Playing, Pretending, Disguising 57 (18)
The Absolute Strangers 75 (14)
Judgment of Human Character: To Betray and to 89 (10)
Be Betrayed
Love, Sex, Subversion: Political Drama, 99 (18)
Family Drama
The Sphinx Called Time 117(26)
Virtues and Vices: Guilt, Good, and Evil 143(20)
Part II The History Plays
Richard II 163(28)
1, 2, and 3 Henry VI 191(62)
The Tragedy of King Richard III 253(28)
Part III: Three Roman Plays
Coriolanus 281(30)
Julius Caesar 311(26)
Antony and Cleopatra 337(30)
Postscript: Historical Truth and Poetic Truth 367(8)
About the Author 375