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Hearkening to Thalia: Toward the Rebirth of Comedy in Continental Philosophy

Hearkening to Thalia: Toward the Rebirth of Comedy in Continental Philosophy <jats:sec><jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>This paper discloses and furthers the rebirth of comedy in Continental philosophy in three stages. The first treats Greek comedy, bringing forth the comic contours in Plato and exploring the philosophical content of Aristophanic comedy. The second examines certain German encounters with comedy, from the staid Wieland translations of Aristophanes through the thoughtful discussions of Schiller, Hegel, and Nietzsche. The third investigates twentieth-century American comedy and its connection to American Continental philosophy, and includes a close analysis of the Marx Brothers' Horsefeathers. The latter serves as a bridge to some surprising developments regarding comedy, poetry, and philosophy.</jats:p> </jats:sec> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research in Phenomenology Brill

Hearkening to Thalia: Toward the Rebirth of Comedy in Continental Philosophy

Research in Phenomenology , Volume 39 (3): 401 – Jan 1, 2009

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Brill
Copyright
© 2009 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0085-5553
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1569-1640
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10.1163/008555509X12472022364163
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Abstract

<jats:sec><jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>This paper discloses and furthers the rebirth of comedy in Continental philosophy in three stages. The first treats Greek comedy, bringing forth the comic contours in Plato and exploring the philosophical content of Aristophanic comedy. The second examines certain German encounters with comedy, from the staid Wieland translations of Aristophanes through the thoughtful discussions of Schiller, Hegel, and Nietzsche. The third investigates twentieth-century American comedy and its connection to American Continental philosophy, and includes a close analysis of the Marx Brothers' Horsefeathers. The latter serves as a bridge to some surprising developments regarding comedy, poetry, and philosophy.</jats:p> </jats:sec>

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Research in PhenomenologyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2009

Keywords: COMEDY; CONTINENTAL PHILOSOPHY; NIETZSCHE; HEGEL; MARX BROTHERS; ARISTOPHANES

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