Tragedy, Immanence, and the Persistence of Semblance
AbstractThe form of tragedy has been central to philosophical projects since classical antiquity, and it gained special critical import as a result of the so-called 'tragic turning within philosophy' during the Romantic period of German Idealism (see Beistegui 2000). The aim of this short paper is to address the notion of aesthetic appearance (semblance, Schein) within aesthetic theory (Theodor W. Adorno) and in contemporary tragic theatre (Howard Barker) and to show that the problem of semblance re-appears as a productive critical category in the current discourse of performance philosophy.
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