Year: 1972 Source: Journal of the History of Ideas, v.33, (January-March 1972), p.115-122 SIEC No: 19841024

This article disputes the notion that Stoic attitudes toward suicide are representative of the attitudes of the Shakespearean dramatic character Brutus. The author argues that Shakespeare modeled Brutus’ philosophy on the work of Aristotle, Plotinus, & Saint Augustine. Excerpts from the Shakespearean play are compared to excerpts from relevant philosophical texts. (55 refs) (SC)