Anne Pollok on Goethe’s Faust
In episode 15 of Sacred and Profane Love, titled, “Faustian Ambitions,” I speak with my colleague and neighbor, Professor Anne Pollok, about Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s famous tragedy, Faust. For the purposes of our conversation, we use the Norton Critical Edition, translated by Walter Arndt and edited by Cyrus Hamlin, which is available here. Goethe’s drama deals with the infinite striving that lies at the heart of the human condition, and how our quest for the transcendent can go terribly awry.
Anne Pollok is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Carolina. She did her Dr. Phil at the Martin Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg and was a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at Stanford University prior to her appointment at UofSC. Her main areas of research are in early modern, aesthetics, and 20th-century philosophy of culture.
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