The Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften: Events

Monday, 26 October 2009, 18:00
lecture room in the Institute building

Fellow project
Public lecture

Dmitri Nikulin
»The Comedy of Philosophy«

Dmitri Nikulin (Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, and Professor of Philosophy, New School for Social Research, New York)

Introduction and moderation: Rainer Forst, Professor of Political Theory and Philosophy, Frankfurt University, and Member of the Scientific Directorate of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities.

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The lecture will be held in English.

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Registration requested (Beate Sutterlüty, b.sutterluety@forschungskolleg-humanwissenschaften.de, tel.: +49(0)6172-13977-15, fax: +49(0)6172-13977-39)

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Abstract

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Philosophers have written a number of important books on tragedy, and yet there are few significant works on comedy. This does not seem to be accidental, because modern subject is initially constructed as tragic, lonely and hence suffering in its self-defining activity, always facing its being toward death (»Sein zum Tode«). Comedy, on the contrary, is a profoundly dialogical and philosophical enterprise, insofar as it requires a well-ordered action that moves, by an effort of not just one isolated subject but a number of actors, through inevitable complication to a resolution of the conflict and a good ending. Comedy thus celebrates a mutually shared and enjoyed life, which in philosophy corresponds to establishing, through a debate, of a well-constructed argument.

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see also by Dmitri Nikulin:

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»The Comedy of Philosophy«, in: Engaging Agnes Heller. A Critical Companion, ed. by K. Terezakis, Lanham et al.: Lexington 2009, pp. 167-192.



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