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The Necessity of Theater: The Art of Watching and Being Watched

Paul Woodruff

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195332001
eISBN:
9780199868186
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332001.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

The Necessity of Theater examines the whole art of theater, which teaches us how best to watch and be watched, and is as necessary to human life as language. We practice the art of ... More


What Theater Makes

Paul Woodruff

in The Necessity of Theater: The Art of Watching and Being Watched

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195332001
eISBN:
9780199868186
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332001.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

The second chapter offers an account of what it is to be a particular theater piece—a question that belongs to ontology. A theater piece may be performed many times, so it is not identical to a ... More


Action Worth Watching: Plot

Paul Woodruff

in The Necessity of Theater: The Art of Watching and Being Watched

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195332001
eISBN:
9780199868186
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332001.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

Live pornography and football games belong to theater, but they are defective in plot, because their action is not worth watching for the time that they take. An audience may lose interest in the ... More


“Stones for Thought”

Claudia Brodsky

in In the Place of Language: Literature and the Architecture of the Referent

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823230006
eISBN:
9780823235285
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823230006.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter talks about organizing the “stones” that are necessary in building a great literary piece, and how to “patch” them in a good way. It says that “superfluous stones” could be conceptually ... More


Putting Hospitality in Its Place

RICHARD KEARNEY and KASCHA SEMONOVITCH

in Phenomenologies of the Stranger: Between Hostility and Hospitality

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823234615
eISBN:
9780823240722
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823234615.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter shows that hospitality is a virtue of place and always happens in a place. Our experiences of place — implacement and displacement — are precisely those that mark the preconditions for ... More


What is the form of the Good the form of? A Question about the Plot of the Republic

Terry Penner

in Pursuing the Good: Ethics and Metaphysics in Plato's Republic

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748628117
eISBN:
9780748652488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748628117.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter explores a theme that will be of equal appeal to classicists and to philosophers. This is the exploration of a very serious – and largely ignored – difficulty in usual presentations of ... More


Theatricality as Medium

Samuel Weber

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823224159
eISBN:
9780823235841
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823224159.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Ever since Aristotle's Poetics, both the theory and the practice of theater have been governed by the assumption that theater is a form of representation dominated by what Aristotle ... More


Faust's Building: Theory as Practice

Claudia Brodsky

in In the Place of Language: Literature and the Architecture of the Referent

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823230006
eISBN:
9780823235285
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823230006.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter studies Faust by Marshall Berman and analyzes its structure of modernity as both constitutive and destructive of history. It defines its structure and the usage of language in its plot. ... More


Building, Story, and Image

Claudia Brodsky

in In the Place of Language: Literature and the Architecture of the Referent

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823230006
eISBN:
9780823235285
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823230006.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter defines what should be done in “building” a character, not only literally setting the scene, but also establishing their appearance and attitude in a certain plot. It gives a few ... More


“Ibi et ubique”: The Incontinent Plot (Hamlet)

Samuel Weber

in Theatricality as Medium

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823224159
eISBN:
9780823235841
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823224159.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter exemplifies Benjamin's discussion on the means of living and life. New media, specifically through television, have found ways to mimic representations of life or ... More


“Superfluous Stones”

Claudia Brodsky

in In the Place of Language: Literature and the Architecture of the Referent

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823230006
eISBN:
9780823235285
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823230006.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter discusses how to deal with elements of literature that are relatively useless in a certain story. By removing the signs located in direct proximity with the story that would cause it to ... More


Cosmetics and Cosmopolitics

Peter Szendy

in Kant in the Land of Extraterrestrials: Cosmopolitical Philosofictions

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823255498
eISBN:
9780823260942
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823255498.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter analyzes the extraterrestrial plots of films such as Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), They Live (1988), and Men in Black (1997). It also examines the philosofictive plot in Kant’s ... More


From Pattern to Dynamic

in Encounters & Reflections: Conversations with Seth Benardete

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226042787
eISBN:
9780226042770
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226042770.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter is a conversation among three students—Michael, Ronna, and Robert—and their professor Seth Benardete at the University of Chicago. Benardete talks about the mistake that he came to see ... More


Self-Uncertainty as Self-Realization

Paul A. Kottman

in Shakespeare's Hamlet: Philosophical Perspectives

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780190698515
eISBN:
9780190698553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190698515.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

A central issue in Hamlet is Hamlet’s attempt to live his life as his—his efforts at discerning a course of action that amounts to “leading” a life, rather than just suffering it. Shakespeare’s play ... More


Storytelling as Intimation: The Model Presented

G. R. F. Ferrari

in The Messages We Send: Social Signals and Storytelling

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780198798422
eISBN:
9780191840487
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198798422.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Aesthetics

Full-on communications and half-on intimations are both overt. A kind of intimation that combines the overt and covert is now introduced, whose underlying form is ‘I want you to know that I do not ... More


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