Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Shakespeariana de Ciencia política

Timothy W. Burns
Shakespeare's political wisdom
Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2013, 234 pp.
ISBN: 9781137320858


Shakespeare's Political Wisdom offers careful interpretations of five Shakespearean plays—Julius Caesar, Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, and The Tempest—with a view to the enduring guidance those plays can provide to human, political life. The plays have been chosen for their relentless attention to the questions that, for Shakespeare, form the heart and soul of politics: Who should rule, and what is justice? Burns provides an original reading of the plays through the lens of political philosophy rather than Theatre or Renaissance Studies. Shakespeare's wisdom found in these five plays, Burns concludes, provides a deeply relevant critique of our contemporary civic culture.

Contents:

Introduction: Shakespeare's political wisdom
Julius Caesar: the problem of classical republicanism
Macbeth: ambition driven into darkness
The Merchant of Venice: Roman virtue in a Christian commerical republic
King Lear: the question of divine justice
The Tempest: a philosopher-poet educating citizens.

Timothy W. Burns is Professor of Political Science at Baylor University. Waco, Texas. USA

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