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By Martin Puchner

so much philosophy has rejected the theater, denouncing it as a spot of phantasm or ethical decay; the theater in flip has rejected philosophy, insisting that drama offers in activities, no longer rules. difficult either perspectives, The Drama of Ideas indicates that theater and philosophy were crucially intertwined from the start.

Plato is the presiding genius of this substitute heritage. The Drama of Ideas offers Plato not just as a theorist of drama, but additionally as a dramatist himself, one that constructed a dialogue-based dramaturgy that differs markedly from the traditional, Aristotelian view of theater. Puchner discovers ratings of dramatic variations of Platonic dialogues, the main quick evidence of Plato's hitherto unrecognized impression on theater background. Drawing on those diversifications, Puchner indicates that Plato used to be vital to fashionable drama in addition, with figures reminiscent of Wilde, Shaw, Pirandello, Brecht, and Stoppard utilizing Plato to create a brand new drama of rules. Puchner then considers complementary advancements in philosophy, providing a theatrical background of philosophy that comes with Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Burke, Sartre, Camus, and Deleuze. those philosophers continue with consistent connection with theater, utilizing theatrical phrases, techniques, or even dramatic options of their writings.

The Drama of Ideas mobilizes this double heritage of philosophical theater and theatrical philosophy to topic present conduct of inspiration to severe scrutiny. In discussion with modern thinkers resembling Martha Nussbaum, Iris Murdoch, and Alain Badiou, Puchner formulates the contours of a "dramatic Platonism." This new Platonism doesn't search to come to an idealist conception of varieties, however it does element past the reigning philosophies of the physique, of materialism and of cultural relativism.

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