The World as Farce

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This chapter proposes an interdisciplinary introduction to the notion of the political world as farce. More exactly, it advances the argument that, despite experiencing the world as a joke of cosmic proportions, an individual can still create meaning even in the most meaningless conditions (concentration camps, totalitarian societies and the like). The paper traces the presence of the topic in Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov and Primo Levi’s Se questo è un uomo and discusses the particular case of Milan Kundera, for whom the historical world appears as nothing but a cruel joke.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages15
StatePublished - 2015

Publication series

NameSophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures
ISSN (Print)2211-1107
ISSN (Electronic)2211-1115


  • Farce
  • Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • God
  • Milan Kundera
  • Nihilism
  • Primo Levi
  • Simon Critchley


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