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The Hamlet Doctrine: Knowing Too Much, Doing Nothing
What are we to do in our information-saturated age? Do we know too much to be able to act? Have we all become Hamlet in the tragedy of modern life? In this riveting and thought-provoking re-examination of Shakespeare's most famous tragedy, philosopher Simon Critchley and psychoanalyst Jamieson Webster show that the story of Hamlet reveals more about the modern world than w ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by Verso Books
(first published September 1st 2013)
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I'm generally skeptical of texts that deal primarily with the analysis of other texts, but I was more than pleasantly surprised with this volume. Husband/Wife, Psychologist/Philosopher team Crithcley and Webster have compiled an excellent collection of ideas from great thinkers such as Feud, Hegel, and Nietzsche, and throughout the book prolifically and often entertainingly offered their own understanding of the works, all in connection with Hamlet. While this book would likely be a bit of a slo ...more
Simon Critchley (born 27 February 1960 in Hertfordshire) is an English philosopher currently teaching at The New School. He works in continental philosophy. Critchley argues that philosophy commences in disappointment, either religious or political. These two axes may be said largely to inform his published work: religious disappointment raises the question of meaning and has to, as he sees it, de ...moreMore about Simon Critchley...