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Seeming Knowledge: Shakespeare and Skeptical Faith

By John D. Cox / Baylor University Press / 2007


Print: $44.95


Seeming Knowledge revisits the question of Shakespeare and religion by focusing on the conjunction of faith and skepticism in his writing. John D. Cox argues that the relationship between faith and skepticism is not an invented conjunction. The recognition of the history of faith and skepticism in the sixteenth century illuminates a tradition that Shakespeare inherited and represented more subtly and effectively than any other writer of his generation.

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Key Features

  • Analyzes the presence of skepticism in the writing of Shakespeare
  • Explores faith and skepticism in sixteenth-century writing
  • Discusses the nature of skepticism and its relation to faith


  • Skepticism and Suspicion in Sixteenth-century England
  • Comic Faith
  • Tragic Grace
  • History and Guilt
  • Politics
  • Ethics
  • Esthetics, Epistemology, Ontology
  • Shakespeare and the French Epistemologists

Praise for the Print Edition

John Cox offers a compelling account of the Christian premises of Shakespeare’s plays, one that seeks neither to revive the complacent politics of the Elizabethan world picture nor to drum up old factions by treating drama as coded theological polemic. Instead, Seeming Knowledge makes apparent how fully the faith informing Shakespeare’s plays registers the duplicities of false consciousness and the opacity of mortal suffering, and also how little it owes to the Reformation. This is an immensely provocative and immensely thoughtful book.

Debora Shuger, professor of English, University of California, Los Angeles

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About John D. Cox

John D. Cox (PhD, University of Chicago) is the DuMez Professor of English at Hope College.