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Rafe McGregor is senior lecturer in criminology at Edge Hill University, where he researches political violence, media and culture, and policing. He is the author of two novels, two novellas, and four collections of short fiction.
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Iago’s ‘I am not what I am’ epitomises how Shakespeare’s work is rich in philosophy, from issues of deception and moral deviance to those concerning the complex nature of the self, the notions of being and identity, and the possibility or impossibility of self-knowledge and knowledge of others. Shakespeare’s plays and poems address subjects including ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and social and political philosophy. They also raise major philosophical questions about the nature of theatre, literature, tragedy, representation and fiction.
The Routledge Companion to Shakespeare and Philosophy is the first major guide and reference source to Shakespeare and philosophy. It examines the following important topics:
- What roles can be played in an approach to Shakespeare by drawing on philosophical frameworks and the work of philosophers?
- What can philosophical theories of meaning and communication show about the dynamics of Shakespearean interactions and vice versa?
- How are notions such as political and social obligation, justice, equality, love, agency and the ethics of interpersonal relationships demonstrated in Shakespeare’s works?
- What do the plays and poems invite us to say about the nature of knowledge, belief, doubt, deception and epistemic responsibility?
- How can the ways in which Shakespeare’s characters behave illuminate existential issues concerning meaning, absurdity, death and nothingness?
- What might Shakespeare’s characters and their actions show about the nature of the self, the mind and the identity of individuals?
- How can Shakespeare’s works inform philosophical approaches to notions such as beauty, humour, horror and tragedy?
- How do Shakespeare’s works illuminate philosophical questions about the nature of fiction, the attitudes and expectations involved in engagement with theatre, and the role of acting and actors in creating representations?
The Routledge Companion to Shakespeare and Philosophy is essential reading for students and researchers in aesthetics, philosophy of literature and philosophy of theatre, as well as those exploring Shakespeare in disciplines such as literature and theatre and drama studies. It is also relevant reading for those in areas of philosophy such as ethics, epistemology and philosophy of language.
And yet no one rivals our dear, dear Holmes. Why does Sherlock reign, even more than a century later, as king? Can this mystery be solved? Unable to reach either Holmes or Watson (or Doyle for that matter, though we’ve tried every medium we can think of), we’ve been forced to gather our own team of investigators to practice their powers of observation and perception, to apply their own reasoning and methodologies to the task at hand. The results, I fear, have led us to a number of cases that must be solved first.
Is Holmes simply eccentric or a sociopath? Is he human or something from the holodeck? Is he as dangerous on the page as he is in person? Wait does he even exist? For that matter, do you? (I fear several investigators have been forced to take a much needed holiday after wrestling with that one.)
What is the source of his faculty of observation and facility for deduction? Systematic training as Watson surmises? Genetic? Or is he just really lucky?
And is this whole logic thing compatible with emotions? Are Holmes and Watson good friends or soul mates? Just what is the nature of friendship? Do they complete each other or just get on each other’s nerves? And why all the secrecy? Disguises? Deceptions?
The plot thickens. What is the essence of consciousness? Is the observable world subject to our intentions? Why does Holmes debunk mysticism when Doyle so readily embraces it? Why is Holmes our favorite drug user?
Our notebooks are filled with clues and, dare I say, answers. Is there more than one way to define the concept, justice? Is hope necessary in the world? Is boredom? Play? Can any thing really be understood? Objectively?
And just what is the last unresolved mystery involving Sherlock Holmes? The game that's afoot isn't just the thing being pursued but the fun to be had as well.
Lovecrafts' fictional world, after all, is well worthy of emulation, so it's no surprise to find it generating sequels like these tales. You see, it's rather like natural selection: What is successful in the gene pool survives to copy itself into thefuture, and what we have here is the welcome spectacle of Lovecraft's fictional DNA replicating itself with a vengeance. Darwin would be proud. Lovecraft would be mystified. Readers will be pleased.
So climb abour the creaky bus, take that sinister ride to Innsmouth and Arkham and other unspeakable places, and see how good a job these contemporary writers have done of proving that old Lovecraftian maxim true:" That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange aeons even death may die."
--- Donal R. Burleson, author of H.P. Lovecraft: A Critical Study, Lovecraft: Disturbing the Universe, and Wait for the Thunder.
From Watson’s Notebook, by John H. Watson, M. D.
Ask Mrs Hudson, by (Mrs) Martha Hudson
Screen of the Crime, by Kim Newman
Sherlock Holmes for Crown and Country, by Dan Andriacco
The Case of the Burnt Song, by Martin Rosenstock
Sherlock Holmes: Discovering the Border Burghs and, by Deduction, The Brig Bazaar, In the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Singular Affair at Sissinghurst Castle, by David Marcum
The Case of the Swindled Candidate, by Jack Grochot
The Late Constable Avery, by G C Rosenquist
The Strange Case of the Wrinkled Yeti of The Club Foot and his Abominable Life, by Gary Lovisi
The Wrong Doctor, by Rafe McGregor
The Case of the Missing Archaeologist, by Carla Coupe
The Adventure of the Stockbroker's Clerk, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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Ivan Murgia (Front Cover)
Cartoon by Marc Bilgrey
Rafe McGregor is the author of The Value of Literature, The Architect of Murder, six collections of short fiction, and one hundred and fifty magazine articles, journal papers, and review essays. He lectures at the University of York and can be found online at @rafemcgregor.
Praise for Rafe McGregor’s The Architect of Murder:
“Arthur Conan Doyle is alive and well, and writing under the name Rafe McGregor.” – Tess Gerritsen
“Rafe McGregor is the architect of murderously good historical fiction.” – Gyles Brandreth
“…a fascinating marriage of investigative mayhem with keen attention to historical detail…” – Graham Hurley
“There’s some dandy police procedure…and plenty of interesting characters to carry the story along.” – Bill Crider
“…an exciting read, giving a very authentic flavour of the period…” – Bernard Knight
The Society of Misfit Stories Presents...Volume One placed in the top ten anthologies in the 2017 Preditors and Editors Reader's Poll.
By Force and Against the King’s Peace by James Dorr
Provenance by Fred McGavran
Propinquity by Brian Koukol
The Barghest by Rafe McGregor
On Sabbatical by O’Brian Gunn
Bearwalker by Derek Muk
Raising Mary (Frankenstein) by Ace Antonio Hall
The Belladonna by Sonny Zae
Desperate Measures by Deven Greene
Little Green Men? By Paul Stansbury
The Number of a Man by Tom Pawlowski
Detached by Rohit Arora
The Death of Dr. Dean by Jack Coey
The Short End of the Stick by David Perlmutter
Winona in the Window by Steve Passey
The Squirming, Scarlet Madness by J.E. Bates
The Man with the Golden Hair by Cam Rhys Lay
Song of Ascents by Maxwell Zimon
Grave Escape by Olga Godim
No Way At All by Mike Sherer
Idan's World by Milo James Fowler
As the twentieth century begins and a new monarch is crowned, the life of a young veterinary surgeon, Ellen Marshall, ends. Her brother Alec, decorated soldier and ex-policeman, returns from Africa, in part to sort out his late sister's affairs, but he soon begins to suspect that Ellen's death is not entirely as it seems. In time, Alec becomes embroiled in an investigation that takes in the great and the good, as well as the lowest reaches of the criminal underworld, and all corners of the Empire.
As the bullets fly and knives are wielded, can the war hero really overcome all odds and find out how — and why — his sister died?
The Architect of Murder is a compelling, fast-paced and engaging historical crime novel, with a heart-stopping twist.
Praise for Rafe McGregor:
'So well plotted and written that you forget you’re in London in the early 20th century and just get swept away with the story' - New Mystery Reader
'Reminded me a little of John Buchan – hugely enjoyable' - Books Monthly
'Well-written and always interesting, this is a book I can recommend' - Crime and Detective Stories
Rafe McGregor is the author of nine books, including Bloody Reckoning, and two hundred articles, essays, and reviews.