"Thinking and Feeling Out Loud: Sidney, Montaigne, and Shakespeare"
The opening line of King Lear—when Kent tells Gloucester and Edmund, “I thought the king had more affected the Duke of Albany than Cornwall”—sets the terms for this course and for all psychology, sociology and political science. How do we know what others think and feel? Why do we believe them? Why should they believe us? How do shared thought and feeling influence the actions of people in the world?