Shakespeare and the Dialectic of Certainty


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Shakespeare's plays examine the theme of certainty with consummate skill, exploring evil and good, assurance and its absence, intuition and love, evidence and interpretation and the dialectical methods used to guide moral action. The first chapter of this book establishes the intellectual perspective of 16th- and 17th-century epistemology, emphasizing the paradigm shift in dialectic - the art of logic - that precipitated a crisis of thought among such figures as Dee, Marlow, Bacon and Raleigh. The rest of the book discusses ...

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