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I guess I don't understand this statement well enough. I don't see where else Shakespeare's rivals would have come from.
Shakespeare was, of course, writing plays and poems. So who would his rivals be? They would have to be other creators of literature. Shakespeare would not have been a rival of Galileo even though they are both hugely famous and lived at the same time. They were not involved in the same sort of work and so they would not have been rivals.
So Shakespeare's rivals would have to have come from the humanitites because that is the area in which Shakespeare himself worked.
I think you might be arguing that Shakespeare's rivals were social scientists and historians? I suppose you could argue that Shakespeare was developing and exploring his own theories on human nature, just as they had theirs. Of course, there were other writers too!
the question is about university wits who were pre eminence of shakespeare .. they are also called humanists..not for scientists and historians..
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