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The Drama of IdeasPlatonic Provocations in Theater and Philosophy$
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Martin Puchner

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199730322

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730322.001.0001

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Dramatic Philosophy

Dramatic Philosophy

(p.121) 4 Dramatic Philosophy
The Drama of Ideas

Martin Puchner

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an illustration of the history of modern philosophy from the point of view of theater. During the 19th and 20th centuries, the premise that Plato should be considered an enemy of the theater by theater establishments and philosophy began to collapse. Plato had been accepted not only by dramatists but also by philosophers as a playwright. A “theatrical turn” or “dramatic turn” returned philosophy to its dramatic origin. This chapter presents how Plato's dialogues are now routinely performed in theaters and how theater establishments coped with his radical reforms.

Keywords:   modern philosophy, theater, Plato, dramatists, playwright

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