Hegel and Greek Tragedy

Hegel and Greek Tragedy

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The present study is dedicated to the different interpretations of Greek tragedy proposed in the writing of G.W.F. Hegel. It explicates how and in what sense Hegel's investigation in tragedy parallels the development of his philosophy from his early theological writings to his system of absolute idealism, and thereby defends the view that this investigation is linked to a concern with politics in the modern world.
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  • Hardback | 220 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 476.27g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 073917729X
  • 9780739177297
  • 2,282,162

Table of contents

Chapter 1: The Spirit of Christianity and Its Fate: Law, Love, and Tragic Fate
1.1: The Spirit of Judaism and the great tragedy of the Jewish People
1.2: Christianity and the Failure of the Theology of Love
1.3: Tragedy and the Reconciliation of Fate
Chapter 2: The Essay on Natural Law: "Tragedy in Ethical Life" (Die Tragodie Im Sittlichen)
2.1: The Naturrechtsaufsatz and the Critique of Practical Understanding: The Empiricist and Formalist Theories of Natural Law
2.2: The Speculative Conception of Politics and the Tragic Process of Absolute Ethical Life
Chapter 3: The Phenomenology of Spirit: The Science of the Experience of Consciousness and Greek Tragedy
3.1: Introduction: The Project of the Phenomenology of Spirit and Tragedy
3.2: The Ethical World (die sittliche Welt): Tragedy, Antigone and the Break-up of the Greek Polis
3.3: The "Religion of Art" (Die Kunstreligion): Tragic Poetry and the Fate of the Gods
Chapter 4: The Lectures of Fine Art: The "Death of Art" and Greek Tragedy
4.1: The System of the Encyclopedia, Absolute Spirit and Art
4.2: Dramatic Poetry: Tragedy, Reconciliation and the Dissolution of Beautiful Art
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A concern with Greek tragedy saturates Hegel's thought from its youthful inception to its grand culminations. Quietly, yet relentlessly the themes, structures, and movements of this art form informs and shapes the heart of the Hegelian system. Martin Thibodeau's book ably traces the significance of tragedy for any understanding of Hegel. -- Dennis J. Schmidt, Pennsylvania State University
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About Martin Thibodeau

Martin Thibodeau teaches in the department of philosophy at St. Paul University (Ottawa, Canada). He specializes in 19th and 20th century German Philosophy form Kant to Adorno. His publications include La Theorie Esthetique d'Adorno: Une Introduction (Presses Universitaires de Rennes, France, 2008).
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