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The Oedipus plays of Sophocles. Philosophical perspectives.

Author: Paul Woodruff
Publisher: Kettering : Oxford University Press 2018.
Series: Oxford Studies in Philosophy and Lit.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Oedipus presents ceaseless paradoxes that have fascinated readers for centuries. He is proud of his intellect, but he does not know himself and succumbs easily to self-deceptions. As a ruler he expresses the greatest good will toward his people, but as an exile he will do nothing to save them from their enemies. Faced with a damning prophecy, he tries to take destiny into his own hands and fails. Realizing this, he  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Woodruff
ISBN: 9780190669447 0190669446
OCLC Number: 1077672586
Description: 264 p.
Contents: Series Editor's Foreword, Richard EldridgeContributors Editor's Introduction1. Oedipus Tyrannus and the Cognitive Value of Literature2. The Killing Feet: Evidence and Evidence-Sensitivity in Oedipus Tyrannus 3. In the Ruins of Self-Knowledge: Oedipus Unmade 4. "Tyranny," Enlightenment, and Religion: Sophocles' Sympathetic Critique of Periclean Athens in Oedipus the Tyrant5. Gods, Fate, and Character in the Oedipus Plays6. Aging Oedipus 7. Truth and Self at Colonus8. The Goodness of Death in Oedipus at Colonus
Series Title: Oxford Studies in Philosophy and Lit.
Responsibility: Paul Woodruff.

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Philosophers and classicists examine Sophocles' treatment of Oedipus, the man who did not know himself, in these new essays. They discuss barriers to self-knowledge and an old man's quest for  Read more...

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