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Philosophy and Tragedy : Warwick Studies in European Philosophy - Simon Sparks

Philosophy and Tragedy

Warwick Studies in European Philosophy

By: Simon Sparks (Editor), Miguel de Beistegui (Editor)

Paperback Published: 16th December 1999
ISBN: 9780415191425
Number Of Pages: 256

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From Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Poetics to Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy, the theme of tragedy has been subject to radically conflicting philosophical interpretations. Despite being at the heart of philosophical debate from Ancient Greece to the Nineteenth Century, however, tragedy has yet to receive proper treatment as a philosophical tradition in its own right.
Philosophy and Tragedy is a compelling contribution to that oversight and the first book to address the topic in a major way. Eleven new essays by internationally renowned philosophers clearly show how time and again, major thinkers have returned to tragedy in many of their key works. Philosophy and Tragedy aks why it is that thinkers as far apart as Hegel and Benjamin should make tragedy such an important theme in their work, and why, after Kant, an important strand of philosophy should present itself tragically. From Heidegger's reading of Sophocles' Antigone to Nietzsche and Benjamin's book-length studies of tragedy, Philosophy and Tragedy presents an outstanding and original study of this preoccupation.
The five sections are organised clearly around five major philosophers: Hegel, Holderlin, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Benjamin

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"A useful and coherent volume... This collection of eleven papers examines an interesting constellation of questions regarding the engagement of nineteenth- and twentieth-century German philosophy with ancient Greek tragedy." -Karen Feldman, University of California, Berkeley

List of contributors
Introductionp. 1
Hegel: or the tragedy of thinkingp. 11
Self-dissolving seriousness: on the comic in the Hegelian conception of tragedyp. 38
Of tragic metaphorp. 59
Tragedy and speculationp. 78
A small number of houses in a universe of tragedy: notes on Aristotle's [peri poietikes] and Holderlin's 'Anmerkungen'p. 88
Holderlin's theatrep. 117
Aesthetically limited reason: on Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedyp. 139
Zarathustra: the tragic figure of the last philosopherp. 152
A 'scarcely pondered word'. The place of tragedy: Heidegger, Aristotle, Sophoclesp. 169
Fatalities: freedom and the question of language in Walter Benjamin's reading of tragedyp. 193
Last Words
Aphasia: or the last wordp. 221
Indexp. 239
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ISBN: 9780415191425
ISBN-10: 0415191424
Series: Warwick Studies in European Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 16th December 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.67  x 1.93
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1