David Hershinow

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David Hershinow is a literary critic specializing in early modern literature and culture, as well as intellectual history and critical theory.  His current book project focuses on the Renaissance’s growing fascination with the ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes the Cynic, a radical eccentric whom Plato described as a “Socrates gone mad.”  Centering on Shakespeare, the project draws out the philosophical puzzles inherent to this Diogenes obsession, and then traces its aftermath through to 20th-century philosophy.  Lately, he’s been investigating the medieval and early modern history of money and the factors that were understood to determine its value.