Tragedy, Immanence and the Persistence of Semblance

Karoline Gritzner

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The form of tragedy has been central to philosophical projects since classical antiquity, and it gained special critical import as a result of the so-called ‘tragic turning within philosophy’ during the Romantic period of German Idealism (see Beistegui 2000). The aim of this article is to address the notion of aesthetic appearance (semblance, Schein) within aesthetic theory (Theodor W. Adorno) and in Howard Barker's theatre. The article shows that the problem of semblance re-appears as a productive critical category in the current discourse of performance philosophy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-132
Number of pages7
JournalPerformance Philosophy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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