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The University of Southampton
Lifelong Learning

Philosophy Cafe Event

13:00 - 14:00
5 November 2015
John Hansard Gallery Highfield Campus

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Event details

'On Tragedy'

Dramas and other fictions that portray tragic events are often thought to be the most important and valuable artistic works. But ever since the age of Plato and Aristotle, when tragedy was invented, philosophers have wondered why, and even whether, they are a good thing. Do we enjoy the merciless representation of lives being wrecked? If so, how do we explain that? Do we enjoy it in spite of, or because of, the painfulness of the events? And if we do not enjoy it, what is the point of tragedy?

Speaker information

Professor Christopher Janaway,Before moving to Southampton in 2005, Chris Janaway taught at Birkbeck, University of London and at the University of Sydney. He was principal investigator on the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded research project Nietzsche and Modern Moral Philosophy (2007-2010) and is general editor of a new translation of Schopenhauer's works with Cambridge University Press.

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