Antigone was the daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta [Oedipus's mother], but the fact that her father was her brother and her sister was her mother was only the beginning of her family troubles. (p. 266)Okay, I see how Antigone's father was her brother (Oedipus fathered Antigone and was also Antigone's mother Jocasta's son). But how was Antigone's sister her mother? As far as I can tell, Antigone and Jocasta do not share a parent. Did Pinker mean to say, "her sister-in-law was her mother?" That would make sense, since Oedipus did marry Jocasta. Or maybe he meant to say, "her mother was her grandmother." Am I missing something?
Sunday, January 29, 2006
Posted by Glen Whitman at 4:47 PM
Still reading Pinker's The Blank Slate. I'll have more substantive comments at a later date. But for now, just a minor confusion: