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From the illusion of theatre and the spectacle of statecraft to the psychological theatre of inhibition and emotion, The Hamlet Doctrine explores the continued relevance of Shakespeare’s finest play for a modern world no less troubled by existential anxieties than Elizabethan London.
Philosopher Simon Critchley and psychoanalyst Jamieson Webster argue that what Hamlet makes manifest is the modern paradox of our lives: where we know, we cannot act. The Hamlet Doctrine is a thought-provoking radical re-examination of Hamlet, reading the drama alongside writers, philosophers and psychoanalysts – Schmitt, Benjamin, Freud, Lacan, Nietzsche, Melville, and Joyce – to claim Shakespeare as a modernist precursor, providing a language for articulating contradiction and transformation.
With Tom McCarthy, the authors delve into Shakespeare’s finest play to explore the politics of the era, the exigencies of desire and the incapacity to love for a special event featuring free association and performance.
Simon Critchley is Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research. He also teaches at the European Graduate School. His many books include Ethics-Politics-Subjectivity, Infinitely Demanding, The Faith of the Faithless, and, with Tom McCarthy, The Mattering of Matter: Documents from the Archive of the International Necronautical Society. He is series moderator of The Stone, a philosophy column in The New York Times, to which he is a frequent contributor.
Jamieson Webster is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. She is the author of The Life and Death of Psychoanalysis. She has written for Cabinet,The New York Times, and many psychoanalytic publications. She teaches at Eugene Lang College.
The Hamlet Doctrine: Knowing Too Much, Doing Nothing will be published by Verso in September