Logical argumentations have in fundamental ways been embedded in Sophocles' Antigone, just as in most tragedies. Therefore they can in turn be extracted from them, enabling us to reflect on the role that logic ‚plays' in such a context. At the same time as basic logical structures are deeply integrated and interwoven within a dramatic narrative, tragedy exposes us to situations where the classical forms of logical thinking – first formulated by Aristotle two generations after Sophocles wrote his play – are questioned or undermined and in many cases even radically subverted.
Freddie Rokem is Professor Emeritus from the Department of Theatre at Tel Aviv University. His major books are Philosophers and Thespians: Thinking Performance (2010); Jews and the Making of Modern German Theatre (2010, co-edited with Jeanette Malkin); and the award-winning Performing History: Theatrical Representations of the Past in Contemporary Theatre (2000). He served as editor of Theatre Research International from 2006-2009, and is now co-editor of the book series Performance Philosophy (Palgrave Macmillan). He has been a visiting Professor at universities in the United States, Germany, Sweden and Finland, and is also a translator and a dramaturg.