Chapter 14: Blindness and Double Vision in Richard III: Zamir on Shakespeare on Moral Philosophy

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to Shakespeare and Philosophy
EditorsCraig Bourne, Emily Caddick Bourne
Place of PublicationAbingdon
PublisherRoutledge
Pages246-255
Number of pages612
ISBN (Print)9781138936126
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2018

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    McGregor, R. (2018). Chapter 14: Blindness and Double Vision in Richard III: Zamir on Shakespeare on Moral Philosophy. In C. Bourne, & E. C. Bourne (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Shakespeare and Philosophy (pp. 246-255). Routledge.