The Philosophy of Tragedy

The Philosophy of Tragedy : From Plato to Zizek

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This book is a full survey of the philosophy of tragedy from antiquity to the present. From Aristotle to Zizek the focal question has been: why, in spite of its distressing content, do we value tragic drama? What is the nature of the 'tragic effect'? Some philosophers point to a certain kind of pleasure that results from tragedy. Others, while not excluding pleasure, emphasize the knowledge we gain from tragedy - of psychology, ethics, freedom or immortality. Through a critical engagement with these and other philosophers, the book concludes by suggesting an answer to the question of what it is that constitutes tragedy 'in its highest vocation'. This book will be of equal interest to students of philosophy and of more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1139177230
  • 9781139177238

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'... a model of clear philosophical prose ... keen philosophical insights ... Some people read books to gain understanding; I suspect Young wrote this book to gain understanding. For philosophers or anyone else interested in tragedy, we should all be glad that he did.' The British Journal of Aestheticsshow more

Table of contents

1. Plato; 2. Aristotle; 3. After Aristotle; 4. Hume; 5. Schelling; 6. Holderlin; 7. Hegel; 8. Kierkegaard; 9. Schopenhauer; 10. Nietzsche; 11. Benjamin and Schmitt; 12. Heidegger; 13. Camus; 14. Arthur Miller; 15. Zizek; 16. more