- Written by a leading Shakespearean scholar
- Discusses an array of topics, including sex and gender, politics and political theory, writing and acting, religious controversy and issues of faith, skepticism and misanthropy, and closure
- Explores Shakespeare as a great poet, a great dramatist and a "great mind"
1 A Natural Philosopher 1
2 Lust in Action
Shakespeare's Ideas on Sex and Gender 15
3 What is Honour?
Shakespeare's Ideas on Politics and Political Theory 42
4 Hold the Mirror Up to Nature
Shakespeare's Ideas on Writing and Acting 74
5 What Form of Prayer Can Serve My Turn?
Shakespeare’s Ideas on Religious Controversy and Issues of Faith 106
6 Is Man No More Than This?
Shakespeare's Ideas on Scepticism, Doubt, Stoicism, Pessimism, Misanthropy 143
7 Here Our Play Has Ending
Ideas of Closure in the Late Plays 177
8 Credo 213
Further Reading 218