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31 May 2011, Lecture and Discussion jointly held by Socrates Cafe and EUIJ Tokyo Consortium

Theme: "On the Interpretation of ‘Ode on Humans’ in Sophocles’ Antigone (332-375): With Special Reference to the Human Civilization and its Problems"

  • Speaker: Yoshinori Sano, Senior Associate Professor, International Christian University
  • Date and Time: 14:00-15:00 on Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
  • Room: International Christian University Main Building (Honkan) 2nd floor, Room 215

Sophocles’ tragedy, Antigone, has been the centre of philosophical and theological discussions in the scholarly tradition of modern Europe concerning, for example, the confrontation between the laws in human world and the unwritten divine law, and the importance of love within this confrontation.  In this lecture, the main focus is placed on a song by the chorus, so-called ‘Ode on Humans’.  This ode makes a clear contrast between the human civilization and the divine world on the one hand, and between the human civilization and the world of nature on the other hand, praising the cultural achievements of humans triumphantly, while suggesting the fundamental negative aspects of human civilization. This lecture and discussion may be a chance to reflect upon the warnings against human civilization, tracing interpretations of this work by representative European thinkers including Hegel and Heidegger.

  • Contact: Yoshinori Sano 3-10-2 Osawa, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-8585 International Christian University, Faculty of Liberal Arts
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