Senior Theses Presentations

Friday, May 25, 2017, Reed Hall, room 108, 4:00 pm

Reception to follow in Reed Hall, room 322

The Theme You Left in Death": Between Euripides and Heidegger

In my honors thesis I consider the philosophical ramifications of death and dying in Euripides’ Alcestis. What is the status of a life when death is imminent? How do senses of ambiguity, necessity, and obligation complicate this question? What does it mean to die for another, and how does Alcestis’ resurrection at the play’s end impact or confuse our grief? Invited by Heidegger’s method of engaging poetry, I initially address these questions through a series of close readings of the Greek text. To the extent that the Alcestis exhibits a profound commitment to the same sort of questions that Heidegger himself pursued, I also address these questions against the philosophical writings of Martin Heidegger.

Maeve N. Lentricchia D'17

This event is free and open to the public!