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    DescriptionIn this book, Peter Ahrensdorf examines Sophocles' powerful analysis of a central question of political philosophy and a perennial question of political life: should citizens and leaders govern political society by the light of unaided human reason or religious faith? Through an examination of Sophocles' timeless masterpieces - Oedipus the Tyrant, Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone - Ahrensdorf offers a sustained challenge to the prevailing view, championed by Nietzsche in his attack on Socratic rationalism, that Sophocles is an opponent of rationalism. Ahrensdorf argues that Sophocles is a genuinely philosophical thinker and a rationalist, albeit one who advocates a cautious political rationalism. Ahrensdorf concludes with an incisive analysis of Nietzsche, Socrates and Aristotle on tragedy and philosophy. He argues, against Nietzsche, that the rationalism of Socrates and Aristotle incorporates a profound awareness of the tragic dimension of human existence and therefore resembles in fundamental ways the somber and humane rationalism of Sophocles.


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    Title
    Greek Tragedy and Political Philosophy
    Subtitle
    Rationalism and Religion in Sophocles' Theban Plays
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peter J. Ahrensdorf
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 204
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 408 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521515863
    ISBN 10: 0521515866
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
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    DC22: 320.01
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/GREECE
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T General Subject: 610
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    Libri: I-PH
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
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    Edition
    1
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    06 April 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Author Information
    Peter J. Ahrensdorf is Professor of Political Science and Adjunct Professor of Classics at Davidson College. He is the author of The Death of Socrates and The Life of Philosophy: An Interpretation of Phaedo and the co-author of Justice Among Nations: On the Moral Basis of Power and Peace.
    Review quote
    "Ahrensdorf, a political philosopher, gathers Socrates, Nietzsche, and Heidegger, around a table in his virtual department of political theory in order to retrieve Sophoclean drama for the world of reason. I would invite rather different figures to the discussion (including Protagoras, Thucydides and Hegel as well as some theatre directors) and emphasise the exceptional complexity of Sophocles' portrayal, through enacted dialogue, of the dialectic between deliberation and intuition in human responses to an often baffling universe. Yet it is ultimately gratifying to find a political philosopher addressing this great dramatist with such energy and conviction... --Notre Dame Philosophical Review "Ahrensdorf has written an exceptional study of Sophoclean drama that will challenge the way we think about this poet, in particular, and the purposes of tragic poetry, in general." --Review of Politics
    Table of contents
    1. Oedipus the tyrant and the limits of political rationalism; 2. Blind faith and enlightened statesmanship in Oedipus at Colonus; 3. The pious heroism of Antigone.