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Reissued with a brand new preface and a brand new essay on Macbeth, King Lear, Othello, Coriolanius, Hamlet and The Winter's story, this well-known selection of essays on Shakespeare's tragedies considers the performs as responses to the main issue of information and the emergence of contemporary skepticism

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A conclusion clearly called for from The Winter’s Tale is that, so far as skepticism is representable as the doubt whether your children are yours, skepticism is not a feminine business. Many directions are thereby opened. It may be that skepticism on the feminine side is representable as doubt over one’s relation to an object other than a child, say a woman’s doubt over the identity of the father of her child. ” I do not mean to skip the speculation whether or where skepticism is related to doubts about the identity of one’s own parents.

The philosophy that arises from issues of what I call attention to – beginning with the essay on Lear to read Shakespeare in public – as acknowledgment and avoidance, bears on what English-speaking philosophy knows as the problem of other minds. It was just this intersection that caused me to try my hand at following an individual text of Shakespeare in my manner, namely only where, and wherever, I could be led. But what guides the manner is the conviction that such a text would lack the bearing I propose unless it achieved interpretative results of interest apart from, while not independent of, its call upon philosophy.

Words and clauses such as these: the problem of the other as the replacement of the problem of God; the body and the mind as each everything the other is not; the search for a best case for knowing the existence of others; the consequences of the failure to know and to acknowledge a best case, with respect to objects, with respect to the other; the stake in skepticism; its precipitousness; its emotion; an opportunity to believe; wanting to believe; the torture of logic; a voice in one’s history; false public and false privacy; denial of sight; fighting not to awaken; the human guise; am I identical with my mind?

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