Shakespeare's Sense of Dialectics: A Contribution to Kate's Policy


  • Franca D'Agostini


I suggest that the notion of conceptual dialectics finds an ideal representation in Shakespeare’s theatrical work. In a sense, Shakespeare shows us how concepts work, and how we may make them work. This is especially interesting, from a philosophical point of view: not exactly in theoretical but rather methodological perspective. After a brief specification concerning the meaning of dialectics here taken into account, I focus on one of the first (maybe the first) of Shakespeare’s comedies, The Taming of the (a) Shrew, in which Shakespeare’s sense of dialectics finds a peculiar expression, revealing that it is not only a linguistic feature, but a true principle of dramaturgic creation, as well as a reflection on life and human interactions.

Keywords: The Taming of the Shrew, Dialectics, Truth, Contradiction, Men and women 


How to Cite

D'Agostini, F. (2014). Shakespeare’s Sense of Dialectics: A Contribution to Kate’s Policy. Memoria Di Shakespeare. A Journal of Shakespearean Studies, (1). Retrieved from