Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy

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| Editors: Marco Sgarbi

Shakespeare, William

Born: 1564
Died: 1616
  • Patrick GrayEmail author
  • Helen Clifford
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02848-4_538-1


William Shakespeare (1564–1616) is the world’s most highly acclaimed literary figure, known for his plays and poems. Shakespeare is celebrated for his comic touch; kaleidoscopic, tightly structured verse; and genial sense of human nature, manifest in finely detailed individual characterization. Less widely recognized, however, is the depth of his engagement with classical and contemporary philosophy, which bears comparison to more obviously learned contemporaries such as Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592), John Case (c. 1540–1600), and Justus Lipsius (1547–1606).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Durham UniversityDurhamUK

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  • Marco Sgarbi
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  1. 1.University Ca' Foscari VeniceVeniceItaly