From ignorance to knowledge

a Foucault’s reading of Oedipus, The king

Keywords: Knowledge, Oedipus the King, Michel Foucault, Greek Tragedy

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to verify how the problem of knowledge is developed in Foucault’s readings of the tragedy, Oedipus the King. Between the discovery of himself and the revelation of truth that liberates Thebes, it happens in Oedipus the passage from ignorance to knowledge, which delimits, throughout the entire play, a complex game of knowledge: listening and vision knowledge; distance and presence knowledge; kings knowledge and the slave hut background knowledge; prediction and testimony knowledge; knowledge that voluntarily withdraws from the enigma and knowledge that lurks beneath the fear and only the threat can extract it. For Foucault, Oedipus holds an excess knowledge which determines his character, his mode of action and destiny.

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Author Biography

Fabiano Incerti, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná

Doutor em Filosofia pela PUCSP. Diretor do Instituto Ciência e Fé da PUCPR.

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Published
2018-04-17
How to Cite
IncertiF. (2018). From ignorance to knowledge. Archai: The Origins of Western Thought, (23), 109. https://doi.org/10.14195/1984-249X_23_4