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Cover -- Contents -- ACKNOWLEDGMENTS -- Introduction: On the Underlying Senseof Aristophanic Comedy -- Part 1. Logos and Human Limits -- 1. Clouds and theMeasuring of Logos -- 2.Wasps and the Limits of Logos -- Part 2. Erōs and Human Limits -- 3. Assemblywomen: Erōs and Human Law -- 4. Lysistrata: Erōs and Transcendence -- Conclusion: Ridicule andMeasure -- NOTES -- BIBLIOGRAPHY -- INDEX.
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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