Richard Gaskin előadása – 2016. november 7.

2016. 11. 04. 11:05


Az Ókortudományi Társaság

2016. november 7-én hétfőn 17.00 órakor kezdődő

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Richard Gaskin
(University of Liverpool)

Tragedy and Moral Redress

Aristotle’s doctrine of hamartia has fallen on hard times in recent theorizing about tra­gedy. A standard modern orthodoxy holds that the doctrine does not even apply to fifth-century Attic tragedy, let alone anything written since, and that tragedy in the European tradition presents loss and suffering as having, in Sebastian Gardner’s words, ‘uncon­di­tional and hence uncompensatable reality’. I argue that this common approach is mistaken: the Aristotelian notion of hamartia in fact has very wide application to tragedy; and the fact that tragic heroes and heroines are usually presented as responsible, at least to some extent, for their fates means that a doctrine of moral compensation, or redress, is operative in many of the most important European, including Attic, tragedies. I suggest that the most important respect in which hamartia emerges in tragedy lies in the phenomenon of cognitive failure. I will illustrate my thesis by looking at Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex and Antigone. If there is time, I will also consider some more recent examples, such as Lessing’s Emilia Galotti.


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