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Blindness and Double Vision in Richard III: Zamir on Shakespeare on Moral Philosophy

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to Shakespeare and Philosophy
EditorsCraig Bourne, Emily Caddick Bourne
PublisherRoutledge
ISBN (Print)9781138936126
StateAccepted/In press - 23 May 2017

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Name Routledge Philosophy Companions
The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate that Tzachi Zamir makes a convincing case for double vision, the thesis that there is a reciprocal relation between literature and moral philosophy such that literature facilitates moral understanding and moral understanding enriches the literary experience. In §1, I explain double vision in terms of the epistemic value of literature, exemplified by the type of knowledge Zamir refers to as knowing through.
§2 shows why Zamir’s interpretation of Richard III is significant to double vision and establishes a criterion of success for that interpretation, whether Richard of Gloucester is what A.W. Eaton calls a rough hero. I address the objections to Richard as a rough hero in §3, concluding that both Zamir’s interpretation of the play and the double vision thesis are convincing.

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