Word Origin, Wordplay & Tragedy

New School for Social Research: Philosophy

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Word Origin,Wordplay Tragedy

Fall 2020

Taught By: Gwen Grewal

Section: A

CRN: 8956

Credits: 3

How do words signify things? The Ancient Greek tragedians used fateful names to foreshadow the plot of tragic characters. Do everyday names, too, poetically foreshadow the nature of things? Does wordplay play a role in meaning? Are words natural extensions of things themselves? If the latter, do words tragically fail to capture what they signify by being other than what they signify? These are the issues of Plato’s Cratylus. We will carefully read the dialogue in order to examine how words attune to or deflect from their referents, with an interest in the possible relationship of language to tragedy. Our study will also include excerpts from the work of Aristotle, Walter Benjamin, Emile Benveniste, and Martin Heidegger.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Philosophy (GPHI)

Campus: Online (DL)

Sync Type: N/A

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 14, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 2:02pm 12/1/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 1:55pm - 3:45pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 9/1/2020 - 12/15/2020