Evolving Hamlet: Seventeenth-Century English Tragedy and the Ethics of Natural Selection



Evolving Hamlet: Seventeenth-Century English Tragedy and the Ethics of Natural Selection
Palgrave Macmillan | English | 2011-03-29 | ISBN: 0230111688 | 208 pages | PDF | 2.70 mb

Where science has often been used to explore the questions raised by art, this book does the reverse, suggesting that art can address a problem raised by science: the deep challenge to ethics posed by Darwin’s discovery that we are intentional beings living in an unintentional world. Using Hamlet, Othello, and Macbeth, among others, Angus Fletcher shows how the physical experience of art can transform Darwin’s discouraging theory into a practice-based ethics that establishes pluralism, curiosity, and cooperation as the basis of progressive life.
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