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Double Vision:
Moral Philosophy and Shakespearean Drama
Tzachi Zamir

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"Tzachi Zamir's Double Vision: Moral Philosophy and Shakespearean Drama is a thoughtful and impressive book about literature's connection to moral knowledge. Of particular note is Double Vision's double objective: it is both a work about our ethical engagement with literature and a work that engages us ethically with literature."--Stephanie Partridge, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism

"Young philosopher Tzachi Zamir's Double Vision . . . stands head and shoulders above its rivals in the enterprise of doing philosophy by consulting works of literature."--Martha C. Nussbaum, The Australian

"I have only admiration for the honesty of Zamir's readings and for the remarkable intelligence of his project. Double Vision is beautifully written, moving, witty, and convincing. The arguments presented are complex and subtle, but the reasoning is lucid. Great care has been taken here to avoid the kind of obscurity one often finds in theoretical treatments of literary questions. It will have enormous value for teachers of Shakespeare and for the artists who perform his works on stage. It should have even greater value for scholars and critics."--Michael D. Bristol, Shakespeare Studies

"Double Vision remains one of the most important considerations of the relationship between philosophy and Shakespeare's drama since Stanley Cavell's Disowning Knowledge. Even those who are confirmed in their suspicion of the claims of philosophy regarding literature and their commitment to historicism should open themselves to the canniness of its arguments and the originality of its engagement with Shakespeare."--David Schalkwyk, European Legacy


"This is the best book on the relationship between philosophy and literature that I have seen in a long time. The philosophical analysis is cogent and extensive, offering much more philosophical detail than most books in this line. The responses to opponents of philosophical interpretation are very imaginative and convincing. And the readings of Shakespeare are stunning in their insightfulness, textual detail, and fruitfulness for philosophical reflection."--Martha Nussbaum, University of Chicago

"This is an original and important book. I shall urge my colleagues to read it, and I look forward to citing it in my own work. His readings of Shakespeare will be of great value to literary critics, and I think will help to sell literature to philosophers."--William Flesch, Brandeis University

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