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Entertaining the Idea: Shakespeare, Philosophy, and Performance

Edited by Lowell Gallagher, James Kearney, and Julia Reinhard Lupton

To entertain an idea is to take it in, pay attention to it, give it breathing room, dwell with it for a time. The practice of entertaining ideas suggests rumination and meditation, inviting us to think of philosophy as a form of hospitality and a kind of mental theatre. In this collection, organized around key words shared by philosophy and performance, the editors suggest that Shakespeare’s plays supply readers, listeners, viewers, and performers with equipment for living.

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