In the introduction to this issue, Arindam Chakrabarti writes:
It is not a semantic accident that four key notions of social ethics are also key concepts of theater. These are the concepts of character, playing a part/role, performance, and acting. Of course, one could object that there is a touch of pun in this claim: A character in a drama is not quite the same as good or bad character in a virtue ethics; acting in theater is mere play-acting, whereas acting in social and personal life is serious business. But the distinction between play and serious business does not mean that the former is any less important than the latter.
The philosophers in this issue explore theater in the context of Indian, Chinese, and European traditions, in the following articles:
- Play, Theater, and Nondualism: A Philosophical Meditation by Devasia M. Antony
- From Puzzling Pleasures to Moral Practices: Aristotle and Abhinavagupta on the Aesthetics and Ethics of Tragedy by Geoff Ashton and Sonja Tanner
- Being Staged: Unconcealment through Reading and Performance in Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus and Bharata’s Nātyaśāstra by Swapan Chakravorty
- The Theater and Classical India: Some Availability Issues by Probal Dasgupta
- Li Yu’s Theory of Drama: A Moderate Moralism by Peng Feng
- Money, Morality, and Masculinity: Staging the Politics of Poverty in Sanskrit Theater by Jesse Ross Knutson
- Theatrics of Emotion: Self-deception and Self-cultivation in
Abhinavagupta’s Aesthetics by Sthaneshwar Timalsina
- Brecht’s Materialist Ethics between Confucianism and Mohism by Markus Wessendorf
- Sharing Emotions Through Theater: The Greek Way by Paul Woodruff
- Achieving the Way: Confucian Virtue Politics and the Problem of Dirty Hands by Sungmoon Kim
- Erasing Tracks: Longchenpa and Bataille on Praxis — Its Negation and Liberation by Gidi Ifergan
- Sufism in Western Historiography: A Brief Overview by Atif Khalil and Shiraz Sheikh
- Paradoxes and Possibilities of “Confucian Freedom”: From Yan Fu (1853–1921) to Mou Zongsan (1909–1995) by Kai Marchal
- How Did Zhong Ziqi Understand Bo Ya’s Heart-Mind? Hetero-referential Aspects of Early Chinese Music Theory by Ken Berthel
- Fixing the White Horse Discourse: Zhuangzi’s Proof of “A White Horse Is not a Horse” by Thomas Ming and Aaron Lai
- Parmenides’ and Śankara’s Nondual Being without Not-being by Chiara Robbiano
- A Confucian Virtue Theory of Supererogation by Lei Zhong
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