There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

There must be many dissertations categorizing exactly
What Horatio’s philosophy must be.
I remember from some class or text that he’s a stoic.
I’m not sure what such a theory is based on. Horatio doesn’t, as a rule, have a lot to say. Hamlet does the bulk of the talking in this relationship, so there’s not a LOT to go on.
We are given to understand that Horatio’s philosophy does not generally include ghosts but what else has Hamlet learned in the conversation with his dead father that has no place in the philosophy? Murder? Fratricide? Hell?
I would wager that there are both fewer things and more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in any philosophy. Philosophy being an attempt to organize the world into sense and the world being the sort of place that tends to defy stringent organization.

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2 thoughts on “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

  1. John August 23, 2015 / 1:37 pm

    Your last sentence is spot on sir!

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