Kantian Philosophy: On Shakespeare's View of Human Nature and Political Reality

Kantian Philosophy: On Shakespeare
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From the analysis of ideas, Shakespeare and Kant believe that humans have selfish and abusive natures. That is why a master is needed for each of the people to impose a will on others and cut their abuse to their freedom.


Reviewing the two sources has made me think that “The Tragedy of King Richard II” of Shakespeare serves a perfect illustration of Kantian philosophy as stated in the Sixth Thesis of “Idea for a Universal History of the Cosmopolitan Point of View.” This essay has first showed Kant’s philosophy and is followed by instances on the play, Richard II, to support and explain my opinion. Both Kant and Shakespeare have the same views on selfish nature of human beings. According to Kant, human s are reasonable beings but have selfish impulses. In Shakespeare’s story, he had portrayed the character of Richard II as a king who was indeed selfish, greedy, prejudiced and unjust. With reference to the Literature Network, the king was one unjust leader in England who had used his power for his own advantage. In various ways, his selfish nature had materialized when he spent England’s assets and funds, when he seized all the assets of his uncle, John of Gaunt, and expended the money to fund a war, taxing the masses and others. This is one point of argument that supports my opinion that Shakespeare’s view on human nature is in line with Kant’s. ...
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