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Hamilton and philosophy : revolutionary thinking

Author: Aaron Rabinowitz; Robert Arp
Publisher: Chicago, IL : Open Court, 2017.
Series: Popular culture and philosophy, v. 110.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Hamilton and Philosophy, professional thinkers expose, examine, and ponder the deep and controversial implications of this runaway hit Broadway musical. One cluster of questions relates to the matter of historical accuracy in relation to entertainment. To what extent is Hamilton genuine history, or is it more a reflection of America today than in the eighteenth century? What happens when history becomes dramatic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Hamilton and philosophy.
Chicago, IL : Open Court, 2017
(OCoLC)959534951
Named Person: Lin-Manuel Miranda; Alexander Hamilton; Alexander Hamilton; Alexander Hamilton
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Aaron Rabinowitz; Robert Arp
ISBN: 0812699661 9780812699661
OCLC Number: 988082491
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: What kind of a story? I, Hamilton, confessions of a ten-dollar bill / Christopher Ketcham ; Who's the hero? / Joe Chapa ; Cyborgs in revolutionary Manhattan / Maggie Jackson ; That's edutainment! / Myron Jackson --
Self-made greatness. Megalomaniac of megalopsychos? / Jason T. Eberl ; They think me Macbeth / Kate Bossert ; Smartest in the room? / Cheryl Frazier --
Leaving your mark. Legacy or happiness? / Carrie-Ann Biondi ; The right way to win over posterity / Thomas Wilk ; One eye on the future / Andy Wible --
Under eastern eyes. The Dao of Hamilton / Aaron Rabinowitz ; Eliza Hamilton, Buddhist master / Benjamin Ross --
The existential challenge. Redemptive rapping / Jennifer McMahon and Jacqueline McMahon-Smith ; To throw away your shot or not? / Tim Jung and Minerva Ahumada ; Action against the chaos / Lisa Maxine Melinn and Adam Melinn --
The hideous blot. Daveed Diggs's doubling / Marlene Clark ; Founding fathers, founding slaves / Andrew T. Vink --
The excluded speak. Young, scrappy, and hungry / Minerva Ahumada and Tim Jung ; To the revelation! / Alison Dobrick ; History's icons / Katelyn Botsford Tucker --
Rewriting the past. History has its eyes on you / Chad William Timm ; Casting in living color / Adam Barkaman and Rachel Wall ; Dueling conceptions of history / David LaRocca.
Series Title: Popular culture and philosophy, v. 110.
Responsibility: edited by Aaron Rabinowitz and Robert Arp.

Abstract:

In Hamilton and Philosophy, professional thinkers expose, examine, and ponder the deep and controversial implications of this runaway hit Broadway musical. One cluster of questions relates to the matter of historical accuracy in relation to entertainment. To what extent is Hamilton genuine history, or is it more a reflection of America today than in the eighteenth century? What happens when history becomes dramatic art, and is some falsification of history unavoidable? One point of view is that the real Alexander Hamilton was an outsider, and any objective approach to Hamilton has to be that of an outsider. Politics always involves a debate over who is on the margins and who is allowed into the center. Then there is the question of emphasizing Hamilton's revolutionary aspect, when he was autocratic and not truly democratic. But this can be defended as presenting a contradictory personality in a unique historical moment. Hamilton's character is also one that blends ambition, thirst for fame, and concern for his immortal legacy, with inability to see his own limitations, yet combined with devotion to honor and the cultivation of virtue. Hamilton's evident ambition led him to be likened to Macbeth and Shakespearean tragedy can explain much of his life.
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