Dramatic Approaches to Creative Fidelity: A Study in the Theater and Philosophy of Gabriel Marcel (1889-1973)

Dramatic Approaches to Creative Fidelity: A Study in the Theater and Philosophy of Gabriel Marcel (1889-1973)

by Katharine Rose Hanley, Paul Ricoeur (Other)


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Dramatic Approaches to Creative Fidelity is a unique study of the work of Gabriel Marcel, a twentieth-century philosopher of international renown. This book brings a fresh perspective to the examination of Marcel's thought, highlighting facets that are sure to interest many different audiences. Dramatic Approaches to Creative Fidelity presents a clear exposition of the nature of creative fidelity, a central theme in Marcel's life and work. The distinctive contribution of this book, however, is its illustration of how theater and philosophy are complementary in Marcel's investigation and reflective clarification of life's existential questions. Each chapter of the book studies a play and a contemporary philosophic essay and examines how they relate to clarify a particular aspect of creative fidelity. Thus, this work communicates Marcel's understanding of the nature of creative fidelity, illustrates the relationship that links theater and philosophy, and demonstrates the important role theater plays in providing a privileged way into personal philosophizing. The principal aim of this book is to introduce English-speaking audiences to Gabriel Marcel's theater. The book also intends to suggest to students, teachers, scholars, and theatrical personnel the heuristic as well as the pedagogical advantages offered by an integrated approach that sees Marcel's theater and philosophy as essentially complementary.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761853671
Publisher: UPA
Publication date: 12/16/2010
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Katharine Rose Hanley holds a Ph.D. from the Higher Institute of Philosophy, Louvain University, Belgium, where she first met Gabriel Marcel in 1955. She has been a professor of philosophy at Le Moyne College since 1961. In 1975, she became the director of the Gabriel Marcel Institute of Existential Drama at Le Moyne. Hanley has authored books and numerous articles on metaphysical topics and on aspects of Marcel's thought. She has lectured to national and international audiences, such as the International Gabriel Marcel Society in Paris and the Société francaise de Philosophie at the Sorbonne. For several years, Hanley has been involved in translating and editing some of Marcel's thirty plays for English-speaking audiences and in producing some of these plays for stage and television.

Table of Contents

Introduction Paul Ricoeur xv

Foreword xix

Part 1 Gabriel Marcel: Philosopher-Dramatist-Musician 1

Chapter I Introduction to Gabriel Marcel's Philosophic Quest 3

Through Music 3

Through Theater 5

Through Philosophy 19

Proper Relations Between Theater and Philosophy 23

Part 2 Dramatic Approaches to Creative Fidelity 51

Chapter II The Unfathomable: A Search for Presence 55

Chapter III The Lantern: and The Light of Truth 77

Chapter IV Dot the I: An Existential Witness of the Light of Truth 89

Chapter V The Rebellious Heart: and Human Creativity 97

Chapter VI The Double Expertise: Fidelity and Infidelity 111

Chapter VII Colombyre or the Torch of Peace: The Role of Person-Community in Living Creative Fidelity to Values 129

Chapter VIII The Sting: Threatening the Foundations of Fidelity 137

Chapter IX Rome Is No Longer in Rome: Challenge for Creative Incarnations of Fidelity 151

Chapter X Conclusion: Creative Fidelity, Sketch of the Essential Features Highlighted 163

Part 3 Resources for Research 175

I Biblio-biography 177

II Parallel of Theater and Philosophy 184

III Works by Gabriel Marcel in chronological order of composition 191

A Philosophy 193

B Plays 196

C Drama Criticism 199

D Music 200

E Combination 211

IV Bibliographic References 213

V Partial List of Plays Produced 215

VI Centers of Research 219

Index 221

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