Nobler in the Mind: The Stoic-skeptic Dialectic in English Renaissance Tragedy
Two major intellectual movements, the Stoic and Skeptic revivals, profoundly affected English Renaissance drama. The Stoic-Skeptic dialectic first appears in The Spanish Tragedy, and again in four plays by John Marston. The discussions of the dialectic in the plays by Shakespeare's contemporaries may be seen as parts of an extended preface to the discussion of Hamlet, which encompasses the dialectic and leads us beyond it.
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