Topoi 30 (2):113-124 (2011)

William Desmond
Villanova University
Human life is defined between diverse extremes: birth and death, nothing and infinity. Theater tries to stage something of this between-being and bring it out of its recess in everyday life. What can be called a metaxological philosophy can illuminate this between-condition. “ Metaxu ” is the Greek word for “between,” while “ logos ” can mean an accounting, or reasoning, or wording. A metaxological philosophy of the theatre would look on it as staging the between . Can we say that the theatrical stage, as an intermedium of human communication, is a distinctive wording of the between? Can a metaxological philosophy throw light on what is staged on it, in and through it? In light of this philosophy of the metaxu, reflections are offered on essential themes such as: the space of the stage, the intermediation of inter-action, the shaping of plot, the openness of endings, the tragic and the comic, the sacred and the profane
Keywords Metaxu  Metaxological  Univocity  Equivocity  Dialectic  The stage  The intermediation of inter-action  Plot  Endings  The tragic and the comic  The sacred and the profane
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DOI 10.1007/s11245-011-9094-7
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