By discussing the German philosophers Johann Gottfried von Herder (1744-1803) and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), Paul A. Kottman proposes to see Shakespearean tragedy as the birth of a distinct art form. He argues that Shakespearean tragedy works through and makes sense of the loss of a given (such as nature, God, or fate), as well the loss of social bonds.
This talk is part of the Shakespeare and the Enlightenment symposium (itself part of the Shakespeare at the Temple series), held at Garrick’s Temple to Shakespeare (Hampton, London) in September 2016. The session is chaired by Richard Wilson.
Paul A. Kottman is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the New School for Social Research, and Eugene Lang College, the New School for Liberal Arts. He is a member of the Committee on Liberal Studies, and is affiliated with the Philosophy Department. He holds the Abilitazione, Professore Ordinario in Filosofia, Estetica (Professor of Philosophy, Aesthetics) in Italy. He has held Visiting Professorships at the University of Tokyo; the Università degli studi di Verona; Instituto per gli studi filosofici, Naples; and the International Chair in Political Languages, Dipartimento di Politiche Pubbliche e Scelte Colletive (POLIS), Università del Piemonte Orientale. He has been awarded residential fellowships at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (Institute for Research in the Humanities) and Internationales Kolleg Morphomata, Universität zu Köln.
Paul Kottman is the author of Tragic Conditions in Shakespeare (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), A Politics of the Scene (Stanford University Press, 2008) and the editor of Philosophers on Shakespeare (Stanford University Press, 2009), and The Insistence of Art: Aesthetic Philosophy and Early Modernity (Fordham UP, forthcoming). His next book is tentatively entitled Love as Human Freedom. He is also the editor of a new book series at Stanford University Press, called Square One: First-Order Questions in the Humanities.
The symposium was held on September 3, 2016. Audio recorded and edited by Anna Ilona Rajala, video edited by Timo Uotinen.