Knots and Loose Ends: Metaphors of Range, Cycles of Change

  • Teemu Paavolainen
Part of the Performance Philosophy book series (PPH)


Thread 7 revisits not only the various case studies, but also some central themes, figures, and tables from Thread 1: dramaturgy, contextualism, Pepper’s four world hypotheses. The ‘binary fourfold’ of theatricality and performativity is developed into a more ‘perspectival’ one, relativizing some of the key tensions and paradoxes proposed. An approach is outlined in which performativity names the way we tacitly weave worlds and identities, variously concealed or clarified by the step-aside tactics of theatricality. If the paradox of performativity consists in its naming the eventness of apparent objects and essences while simultaneously dissimulating it, then that of theatricality consists in rendering this eventness perceptible precisely by reducing it to manageable objects. To enlist the two terms in a general philosophy of action and perception—true to their etymologies of doing and seeing—if the performative names a dramaturgy of becoming, then the theatrical provides an optic for its analysis.


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  • Teemu Paavolainen
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  1. 1.University of TampereTampereFinland

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