Shakespeare wrote a dedication to Henry Wriothesly, the Earl of Southampton in his epic poem "Venus and Adonis", indicating that Southampton was the patron of Shakspeare from Stratford. The construct of an identity between a poet Shakespeare and the person from Stratford Shakspere is tacitly assumed, although this is yet to test. A speculation is presented as fact . Such circular reasonings were used in the authorship debate in excess:
Shakespeare's comprehensive education requires, for example, that he must have visited the school in Stratford. But there is no evidence that the person from Stratford Shakspere has ever attended school, nor that he could ever write fluently. A question , put to the test, is from the outset accepted, because "a necessary precondition".
Most would comment the question: "Do you know the great philosophical works of Bob Smith ?" : Which Bob Smith? -
With Shakespeare, this question seems to be resolved. Nobody would ask : "Which Shakespeare?"