Volume 17, Issue 1
  • ISSN 0929-0907
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9943
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This review article examines three recent books which offer philosophical reflections on Shakespeare’s texts: Colin McGinn’s Shakespeare’s Philosophy, Anthony Nuttall’s Shakespeare as Thinker, and Tzachi Zamir’s Double Vision: Moral Philosophy and Shakespearean Drama. Taking as its points of departure Freudian-Lacanian psychoanalysis and Heideggerean philosophy, as well as Shakespearean stylistics, the article argues that, whereas the books examined approach the Shakespearean text with a rationalist and thematic conception of thinking as conscious and cognitive content, this conception is precisely what the Shakespearean text — in its being primarily a poetic work of art — objects to. Thrusting forth its style as object to thematization, making cognitive content leak, the Shakespearean text calls forth not thinking but thin(k)ging, a rememoration of an object always already lost.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): Heidegger; Lacan; Montrelay; psychoanalysis; Shakespeare; style; thinking
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