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Preposterous Ascents: On Comedy and Philosophy

in Transfigurements

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780226734224
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226734231 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226734231.003.0008
Preposterous Ascents: On Comedy and Philosophy

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This chapter offers an engagement between comedy and philosophy. To to let such an engagement be enacted, translated repeatedly from text to scene, and played out on those scenes, set forth before our almost detached vision will require, in the first of its four segments, letting comedy address philosophy, exhibiting a moment of comedy as it, in its own way and with the economy proper to drama, engages a philosophical discourse. In the second segment philosophy will, in turn, be brought to address comedy with the generality proper to philosophy and with a different, more analytical, more extended economy. The third segment will display in certain exemplary philosophical texts how comedy belongs to philosophy. The final segment will reverse this inherence and show how it can also happen that philosophy belongs to comedy, that a properly philosophical discourse—and not just its ludicrous double—can come to function in the texture of a comedy.

Keywords: comedy; philosophy; drama; philosophical discourse

Chapter.  10303 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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