ICE Summer Festival presents: Love, Death and Laughter: a philosophical introduction to tragicomedy

Sunday 15 July 2018
Madingley Hall
Tragedy and comedy are the two opposing faces of drama yet, on rare occasions, we experience both.

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Before watching a quintessentially British example of tragicomedy, we will explore its historical and philosophical themes and ask what it is (we Brits in particular) find so compelling about laughing at death. Led by Dr Alex Carter, this workshop is intended to be enjoyed before the film and so is £12 when combined with a film ticket.

Alex's teaching method was developed at the University of Essex where the principle aim is to get students to feel the "pain of the problem", i.e. to make plain the very real ways in which philosophical problems affect our lives. Accordingly, Alex is most keen to offer his support to philosophical projects that, not only to inform contemporary debates, but actively affect change. Alex's ongoing research interests include the theology of Simone Weil and Ludwig Wittgenstein's ethical philosophy.

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