Philosophy and Comedy

Philosophy and Comedy : Aristophanes, Logos, and Eros

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Aristophanes' comedies have stood the test of time as some of the greatest comic literature ever produced. While there have been numerous commentaries on Aristophanes and his world, until now there has been no systematic philosophical treatment of his comedies. In Philosophy and Comedy, Bernard Freydberg illuminates the philosophical insights in Aristophanes' texts by presenting close readings of Clouds, Wasps, Assemblywomen, and Lysistrata, addressing their comic genius at the same time. Freydberg challenges notions that philosophy is best served by a tragic disposition and arrives at a new assessment of the philosophical importance of comedy.show more

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  • Paperback | 252 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 362.87g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253219701
  • 9780253219701
  • 2,033,400

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Each chapter of 'Philosophy and Comedy' delivers a novel interpretation of the Aristophanic text, viewed through the lens of Plato . . . .2009 -- Michael J. Griffin * University of British Columbia *show more

About Bernard Freydberg

Bernard Freydberg is Research Professor of Philosophy at Koc University, Istanbul. He is author of Imagination in Kant's Critique of Practical Reason (IUP, 2005).show more

Table of contents

ContentsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: On the Underlying Sense of Aristophanic ComedyPart 1. Logos and Human Limits1. Clouds and the Measuring of Logos2. Wasps and the Limits of LogosPart 2. Eros and Human Limits3. Assemblywomen: Eros and Human Law4. Lysistrata: Eros and TranscendenceConclusion: Ridicule and MeasureNotesBibliographyIndexshow more

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