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Lecture 13

ENGL 103W Lecture Notes - Lecture 13: Know Thyself, Tyrant, Hubris


Department
English
Course Code
ENGL 103W
Professor
Torsten Kehler
Lecture
13

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Lecture 13
Nomos
Phusis
In one sense what happened to Oedipus is fate in some sense
Clash of right vs right
The only way you can overcome family in state is to make them identical
o You love the state as much as you love the state
There were at least 6 Oedipus plays
o This one done in 425 BC and won second prize
Disappointing as this was one of the finest dramas written
o These plays were submitted in threes - we don’t know what his other two plays
are
These plays are about the problems of life
o Does life have meaning?
What if a good life is predicated on ignorance?
Delphic oracle
o One injunction
“Know thyself"
Know what lies behind you, what shaped you
Freud says you must know your past and you must know your
subconscious
o Oedipus gets to know himself
o Did 2 of the worst things you can ever do
o
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