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Aristophanes' comedies have stood the test of time as some of the greatest comic literature ever produced. While there have been numerous commentaries on Aristophanes and his world, until now there has been no systematic philosophical treatment of his comedies. In Philosophy and Comedy, Bernard Freydberg illuminates the philosophical insights in Aristophanes' texts by presenting close readings of Clouds, Wasps, Assemblywomen, and Lysistrata, addressing their comic genius at the same time. Freydberg challenges notions that philosophy is best served by a tragic disposition and arrives at a new assessment of the philosophical importance of comedy.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780253219701
ISBN-10: 0253219701
Format: Paperback
(5969mm x 3963mm x 17mm)
Pages: 252
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 16-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Bernard Freydberg

Bernard Freydberg is Research Professor of Philosophy at Koc University, Istanbul. He is author of Imagination in Kant's Critique of Practical Reason (IUP, 2005).

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