Thinking with shakespeare is an important book urgently written and passionately argued it demonstrates the continuing relevance of shakespeare for contemporary ethics and politics and it makes a strong claim for the capacity of literary criticism to address in a serious and substantive way the question of human flourishing . Politics and life signals the ancient greek distinction between zo and bios between natural life and political life between life in the home and life in the political sphere oikos for polis arendt this distinction collapsed in the transition from classical political philos ophy to modern liberalism with the rise of capitalist labor . Thinking with shakespeare essays on politics and life by julia lupton chicago university of chicago press 2011 julia lupton cites jan kott as an intellectual compatriot early on in her marvelous new volume thinking with shakespeare. Julia reinhard lupton thinking with shakespeare essays on politics and life thinking with shakespeare essays on politics and life julia reinhard lupton chicago university of chicago press 2011 pp xiv 298. While shakespeares plays are the center of gravity here these essays move out from that starting place to explore a host of topics including virtue human nature politics and more i was particularly enchanted by her thoughtful work on intellectual hospitality
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