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Global Humanities Distinguished Lecture with Leonardo F. Lisi

Jun 17, 2015 | 06:00 PM c.t.
Leonardo F. Lisi | Johns Hopkins University

Leonardo F. Lisi | Johns Hopkins University

Faust I from the Margins of Modernity: Tragedy as Doubt in Goethe and Kierkegaard

In this paper, Leonardo F. Lisi argues for a new understanding of the formal organization of Part I of Goethe’s Faust and its implications for philosophy and history. Taking as his point of departure the striking difference between the Gretchen narrative and the scenes concerned with Faust and Mephistopheles’ “magical” exploits, he proposes that the play must be understood to center on the constitutive and irreconcilable contradiction between the narrative principles of contingency necessity. This structure is at odds with the conception of tragedy found in German idealist aesthetics and instead finds its most important elaboration in Kierkegaard’s theory of modern tragedy as the modality of doubt. To Kierkegaard, Faust becomes the representative of modernity not in the form of striving, but of stasis.

The event is organized in cooperation with the Thematic Network Principles of Cultural Dynamics.

Lecture in English.

Time & Location

Jun 17, 2015 | 06:00 PM c.t.

Freie Universität Berlin, Seminarzentrum, Raum L 116, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin