Thursday, Jul 1 – Friday, Jul 2, 2021

Justice or Revenge? Aeschylus for the 21st Century

Online Conference

with Lorraine Daston, Berlin; Wendy Doniger, Chicago; Konstanty Gebert, Warsaw; Carey Harrison, New York; Stephen Holmes, New York; Daniel Kehlmann, Berlin; Philip Kitcher, New York; Glenn Most, Pisa; Susan Neiman, Potsdam; David Shulman, Jerusalem

Aeschylus’ The Eumenides, the final play in the Oresteia trilogy, has been described as the foundation stone of Western metropolitan civilization. It confronts the question: what does a community do with violent, shattering crimes? Can cool and rational legality tame vengeful passions? Is revenge ever reasonable? What kinds of crimes force us to reconsider our legal systems? These and other questions will be explored by writers, historians, classicists, philosophers, and other members of the Einstein Forum’s board of advisors.

The event will be held in English