A Brave New World of Knowledge: Shakespeare's the Tempest and Early Modern Epistemology by B. J. Sokol
Literature & Fiction | History & Criticism
A Brave New World of Knowledge: Shakespeare's the Tempest and Early Modern Epistemology
Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Pr (August 2003)
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This study of an extraordinary work of dramatic literature also addresses questions of the nature and dissemination of the "scientific revolution." These facets are locked together: although the book does not deny that 'The Tempest' had deep roots in classical literature and elsewhere, it maintains that the play's remarkable dramaturgy and symbolism reflect subtle matters uniquely pertinet to its own fascinating time. A 'Brave New World of Knowledge' uncovers a number of previously little-appreciated connections of 'The Tempest' with specific problems or advances of knowledge, thus showing that the play reflected innovative proto-scientific modes of confronting the physical, biological, and human realms. It also argues that Shakespeare's play mirrored a new tendency to repudiate earlier Renaissance dreams of achieving omniscience and omnipotence. The play reflected a newer hope for knowledge based on speculative boldness linked with close observation, rational and sober precision, and a radical capacity to accept limitation and not-knowing.
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