Course Code: 5XPS10B19
Start Date: 10/01/2020Day of the Week:
Length in weeks: 10
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Philosophy and theatre in the western tradition both began in ancient Athens. They both continue to share much common ground: both arise from important issues where controversies are ongoing; both have an essentially dialogue form, and both delve into what it means to be human. We shall discuss plays from several eras and plays which revolve around a range of philosophical dilemmas or debates. These debates may be about morality, about religion, about the nature of a human being, or other such problems. The plays will include Sophocles’ Antigone, French existentialist dramas, Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and – most recently – Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem. Should the opportunity arise, there will be a trip to a relevant play during the term; this will be out of class time, and optional. No previous experience of academic philosophy is expected, though it is welcomed. Our discussions will sometimes be intellectually challenging and – it is hoped – stimulating, but those who prefer to listen are just as welcome as those who speak.