Reading Greek Tragedy

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Philosophy

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Reading Greek Tragedy

Fall 2018

Taught By: Simon Critchley

Section: AX

CRN: 7090

Credits: 4

The aim of this seminar is very simple: to read a good number of Attic tragedies and to discuss both their intrinsic meaning and their far-reaching philosophical implications. We will focus on the texts of the three great tragedians: Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides. We will read plays by each of them, giving particular emphasis to the work of Euripides, and the way in which he inherits and twists the dramatic and conceptual conventions of his two predecessors and raises a series of troubling questions about affect, reason, gender, myth, violence and war. We will also look at some texts by the Sophists, notably Gorgias. If there is time, we will examine the way in which the questions that tragedy and sophistry raises are addressed in Platonic dialogue, especially the Republic. In this way, it is hoped that tragedy will raise certain fundamental criticisms of the discourse that we call 'philosophy'.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Philosophy (LPHI)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment 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: 11:16am 1/18/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 902

Date Range: 8/28/2018 - 12/11/2018