Shakespeare and the Early Modern Self

Mark Edmundson, “Shakespeare and the Early Modern Self,” Self and Soul: A Defense of Ideals (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2015), 137-84

Summary from the Publisher:

In a culture of the Self that has become progressively more skeptical and materialistic, we spare little thought for the great ideals—courage, contemplation, and compassion—that once gave life meaning. Here, Mark Edmundson makes an impassioned attempt to defend the value of these ancient ideals and to resurrect Soul in the modern world.