Philosophy and Comedy: Aristophanes, Logos, and Eros

Philosophy and Comedy: Aristophanes, Logos, and Eros

by Bernard Freydberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 0253351065

ISBN-13: 9780253351067

Pub. Date: 04/28/2008

Publisher: Indiana University Press

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

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253351067
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2008
Series:
Studies in Continental Thought Series
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments

Introduction: On the Underlying Sense of Aristophanic Comedy

Part 1. Logos and Human Limits
1. Clouds and the Measuring of Logos
2. Wasps and the Limits of Logos

Part 2. Eros and Human Limits
3. Assemblywomen: Eros and Human Law
4. Lysistrata: Eros and Transcendence

Conclusion: Ridicule and Measure

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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