Tragically Speaking: On the Use and Abuse of Theory for Life (Symploke Studies in Contemporary Theory)

Tragically Speaking: On the Use and Abuse of Theory for Life (Symploke Studies in Contemporary Theory)

Kalliopi Nikolopoulou


From German idealism onward, Western thinkers have sought to revalue tragedy, constantly converging at one cardinal element: tragic artwork hazards aestheticizing actual violence. Tragically Speaking severely examines this revaluation, providing a brand new knowing of the altering that means of tragedy in literary and ethical discourse. It questions universal assumptions in regards to the Greeks’ philosophical relation to the tragic culture and concerning the moral and political ramifications of up to date theories of tragedy.

Starting with the poet Friedrich Hölderlin and carrying on with to the current, Kalliopi Nikolopoulou strains how tragedy was once translated into an concept (“the tragic”) that used to be then revised additional into the “beyond the tragic” of postmetaphysical modern inspiration. whereas spotting a few of the advantages of this revaluation, Tragically Speaking concentrates at the losses implicit in this type of flip. It argues that through translating tragedy into an concept, those rereadings effected a tricky subordination of politics to ethics: the drama of human clash gave method to philosophical mirrored image, bracketing the area in prefer of the belief of the realm. the place modern inspiration valorizes absence, passivity, the opposite, rhetoric, writing, and textuality, the writer argues that their “deconstructed opposites” (presence, will, the self, fact, speech, and motion, all of that are important to tragedy) are both precious for any significant dialogue of ethics and politics.
 

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