Chapter 28. Macbeth Appalled

  1. Garry L. Hagberg Chair2 and
  2. Walter Jost Professor of English3
  1. Stanley Cavell

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444315592.ch28

A Companion to the Philosophy of Literature

A Companion to the Philosophy of Literature

How to Cite

Cavell, S. (2010) Macbeth Appalled, in A Companion to the Philosophy of Literature (eds G. L. Hagberg and W. Jost), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444315592.ch28

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of East Anglia, UK

  2. 3

    University of Virginia, USA

Author Information

  1. Harvard University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 15 JAN 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405141703

Online ISBN: 9781444315592



  • Macbeth Appalled;
  • question of human intelligibility in Macbeth, question of intelligibility of human history;
  • Greenblatt's Shakespearean Negotiations;
  • “The Circulation of Social Energy”;
  • idea of privacy of language - Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations;
  • Lady Macbeth's question - taunting interpretation of Macbeth's idea of excessive daring;
  • Macbeth - contesting not simply a man but an interpretation, or really a double interpretation;
  • Shakespeare history play - developing from morality tradition, and putting a kink in the old history