Philosophy and theatre are twins: born in the same place, Ancient Greece, at the same time, 6th century BC. One twin rejects the false to find the true; while the other embraces the false to show virtue her feature and scorn her own image.
The Greeks put the worst of human acts on stage so that their trauma can be known and experienced in a safe place. How can anything so obviously fake yield truth? Or does tragedy, as Nietzsche argues, help us overcome violence and chaos?
A lecture performance produced by and based on the work of Dr Tom Stern (UCL Philosophy) and Gregory Thompson (UCL Anthropology).
Part of Performance Lab: eleven experiments in science and the arts at UCL.