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The Drama of Ideas: Platonic Provocations in Theater and Philosophy

Martin Puchner


Most philosophy has rejected the theater, denouncing it as a place of illusion or moral decay; the theater in turn has rejected philosophy, insisting that drama deals in action, not ideas. Challenging both views, this book shows that theater and philosophy have always been crucially intertwined. Plato is the presiding genius of this alternative history, not only as a theorist of drama, but also as a dramatist himself, one who developed a dialogue-based dramaturgy that differs markedly from the standard, Aristotelian view of theater. This book discovers scores of dramatic adaptations of Platoni ... More

Keywords: theater, Plato, Aristotle, cultural relativism, materialism, Martha Nussbaum, Iris Murdoch, Alain Badiou, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199730322
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730322.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Puchner, author
Columbia University