1st Edition

Philosophy and Tragedy

Edited By Simon Sparks, Miguel de Beistegui Copyright 2000
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    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

    Introduction, Miguel de Beistegui, Simon Sparks; Part 1 Hegel; Chapter 1 Hegel, Miguel de Beistegui; Chapter 2 Self-dissolving seriousness, Rodolphe Gasché; Part 2 Hölderlin; Chapter 3 Of tragic metaphor, Jean-François Courtine; Chapter 4 Tragedy and speculation, Françoise Dastur; Chapter 5 A small number of houses in a universe of tragedy, David Farrell Krell; Chapter 6 Hölderlin’s theatre, Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe; Part 3 Nietzsche; Chapter 7 Aesthetically limited reason, Günter Figal; Chapter 8 Zarathustra, Walter Brogan; Part 4 Heidegger; Chapter 9 A ‘scarcely pondered word’. The place of tragedy, Will McNeill; Part 5 Benjamin; Chapter 10 Fatalities, Simon Sparks; Part 6 Last Words; Chapter 11 Aphasia, Marc Froment-Meurice;


    Miguel de Beistegui is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Warwick.,
    Simon Sparks is Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow at the Department of Philosophy, University of Strasbourg.