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Shakespeare as a Way of Life

James Kuzner


This book shows how reading Shakespeare helps us to live with epistemological weakness and even to practice this weakness, to make it a way of life. In readings of Hamlet, Lucrece, Othello, The Winter’s Tale, The Tempest, and Timon of Athens, I show how his works offer a means for coming to terms with basic uncertainties: about how we can be free, about whether the world is abundant, about whether we have met the demands of love and social life. Though there exist many accounts of Shakespeare’s skepticism, none approach it as does this book. Some accounts portray that skepticism as enabling—wh ... More

Keywords: aesthetics, cognitive science, ethics, freedom, love, political theology, politics, Shakespeare, skepticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780823269938
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823269938.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Kuzner, author
Brown University