by William Shakespeare
The cost of the infinite self-reflexivity of which Hamlet is capable is incapacity of action. Such, one might ponder, is the curse of self-consciousness, which gives us extraordinary insight into ourselves but whose boon companions are melancholy, alienation, and a massive obstruction at the level of action.
Undoubtedly Shakespeare’s most famous play, Hamlet remains both an extremely enduring and equally enigmatic piece of Western literature.
The story of Hamlet, the young Prince of Denmark, his tortured relationship with his mother, and his quest to avenge his father’s murder at the hand of his brother brother Claudius has fascinated readers and audiences ever since it was written around 1600.
This edition is the heavily marked-up personal copy of Hamlet belonging to Simon Critchley, co-author of Stay Illusion: The Hamlet Doctrine. It reveals the philosopher’s intense engagement with the text and shows, in real time, the creative process behind this insightful work. Simon Critchley’s Hamlet marginalia pull back the curtain on one of our most intriguing and original thinkers–and the practice of conversing with a text and its author at large.
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SIMON CRITCHLEY is Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York. His previous books include On Humour, The Book of Dead Philosophers, How to Stop Living and Start Worrying, Impossible Objects, The Mattering of Matter (with Tom McCarthy), The Faith of the Faithless, Stay, Illusion!: The Hamlet Doctrine (with Jamieson Webster), Bowie, and Memory Theatre. He is series moderator of ‘The Stone’, a philosophy column in the New York Times, to which he is a frequent contributor.