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CPCT Annual Conference 2021: Tragedy & Philosophy
Pivotal for the history of aesthetics are the encounters between philosophy and tragedy that span from Ancient Greece to the decolonizing Caribbean. Ever since its infamous exclusion in Plato’s Republic and its theorisation in Aristotle’s Poetics, tragedy has played a number of often contrasting roles in philosophy’s own self-understanding. Tragedy has variously been conceived as an origin of philosophical (and dialectical) thought, as a limit to philosophy’s efforts at intellectual sovereignty, as well as a constant source of ethical exemplification and conceptual instruction. While conscious of the stakes of philosophy’s image of tragedy, this conference will try to expand its purview to look beyond and beneath a late-eighteenth early-nineteenth century idea of the tragic which has often come to saturate reflection on this relationship. Tragedy and Philosophy will therefore also seek to consider a variety of themes that transcend the equation between tragedy and the tragic, including: the contribution of anthropology and history to an understanding of the specificity of Greek tragedy; the place of femininity, lament and conflict in ancient Greek tragedies; the relation between music and words in tragedy, and its philosophical significance (including in tragedy’s repetition by modern opera); the early modern emergence of a poetics of tragedy irreducible to Aristotelian and Idealist or Romantic variants; tragedy as a reflection on sovereignty; tragedy as an art intimately linked to moments of crisis and transition.

June 2 — Day 1: The Languages of Tragedy
(Keynote 1: Miriam Leonard)

June 3 — Day 2: On the Edges of the Tragic
(Keynote 2: Manfred Posani Löwenstein)

June 4 — Day 3: Antigone & Co.
(Keynote 3: Tina Chanter)

June 9 — Day 4: Tragedy, Liberation, Reparation
(Keynote 4: Jeremy Glick)

June 10 — Day 5: Tragedy, Time and History
(Keynote 5: Rebecca Comay)

June 11 — Day 6: Tragedy, Theology and Revolution
(Concluding Roundtable)
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