The Resource Evolving Hamlet : seventeenth-century English tragedy and the ethics of natural selection, Angus Fletcher

Evolving Hamlet : seventeenth-century English tragedy and the ethics of natural selection, Angus Fletcher

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Evolving Hamlet : seventeenth-century English tragedy and the ethics of natural selection
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Evolving Hamlet
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seventeenth-century English tragedy and the ethics of natural selection
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Angus Fletcher
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eng
Summary
"Recent work in cognitive science has rooted our moral dispositions in the more ancient and less plastic regions of our brains, seeming to confirm Darwin's suspicion that a biological approach to human life must necessarily produce a narrowly conservative (and perhaps even immutable) account of ethics. This book, however, explores a now-forgotten suggestion made by William James and other early pioneers of cognitive science who saw art as a means to translate the experimental study of the mind into a skeptical, pluralist, and progressive approach to the good life. Using Hamlet and a number of other popular and influential seventeenth-century tragedies as case-studies, this book shows how aesthetic experience can help organize the biological functions of our brains into adaptive social networks that not only make us more resilient to the pressures of natural selection, but fulfill the human need for intentional life. Seen this way, art is not--as many recent cognitive scientists have suggested--simply a mirror of our natural mental functions. Rather, it is also an active contributor to new functions, a useful tool for translating the theoretical discoveries of science into progressive ethical practice"--
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1976-
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Fletcher, Angus
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no index present
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PR678.T7
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F54 2011
Literary form
non fiction
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Cognitive studies in literature and performance.
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  • English drama (Tragedy)
  • English drama
  • Philosophy of mind in literature
  • Natural selection
  • Evolution (Biology)
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Literature and science
  • English drama
  • English drama (Tragedy)
  • Evolution (Biology)
  • Philosophy of mind in literature
  • Literature and science
  • Natural selection
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Tragedies
  • Engels
  • Natuurlijke selectie
  • Tragödie
  • Drama
  • Englisch
  • Ethik
  • Englisch
  • Tragödie
  • Natürliche Auslese
  • Evolution
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Evolving Hamlet : seventeenth-century English tragedy and the ethics of natural selection, Angus Fletcher
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xvi, 192 pages
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9780230111684
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(hardback)
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2010035290
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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40019226770
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  • (OCoLC)657600118
  • (OCoLC)ocn657600118
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Evolving Hamlet : seventeenth-century English tragedy and the ethics of natural selection, Angus Fletcher
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xvi, 192 pages
Isbn
9780230111684
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2010035290
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40019226770
System control number
  • (OCoLC)657600118
  • (OCoLC)ocn657600118

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