All for Nothing: Hamlet's Negativity (Short Circuits) by Andrew Cutrofello

By Andrew Cutrofello

A specter is haunting philosophy -- the threat of Hamlet. Why is that this? Wherefore? What should still we do?Entering from degree left: the philosopher's Hamlet. The philosopher's Hamlet is a conceptual personality, performed by means of philosophers instead of actors. He plays now not within the theater yet in the house of philosophical positions. In excited about not anything, Andrew Cutrofello significantly examines the functionality background of this particular position. The philosopher's Hamlet personifies negativity. In Shakespeare's play, Hamlet's speech and motion are often unfavorable; he's the depression Dane. such a lot might agree that he has not anything to be joyful approximately. Philosophers have taken Hamlet to embrace particular types of negativity that first got here into view in modernity. What the determine of the Sophist represented for Plato, Hamlet has represented for contemporary philosophers. Cutrofello analyzes 5 facets of Hamlet's negativity: his depression, unfavourable religion, nihilism, tarrying (which Cutrofello distinguishes from "delaying"), and nonexistence. alongside the way in which, we meet Hamlet within the texts of Kant, Coleridge, Hegel, Marx, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Freud, Russell, Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Benjamin, Arendt, Schmitt, Lacan, Deleuze, Foucault, Derrida, Badiou, Žižek, and different philosophers. Whirling throughout a state of countless house, the philosopher's Hamlet is not anything if now not thought-provoking.

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