Tragedies of Spirit

Tragedies of Spirit : Tracing Finitude in Hegel's Phenomenology

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In Tragedies of Spirit, Theodore D. George engages Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit to explore the philosophical significance of tragedy in post-Kantian continental thought. George follows lines of inquiry originally developed by Nietzsche, Heidegger, Gadamer, and Derrida, and takes as his point of departure the concern that Hegel's speculative philosophy forms a summit of modernity that the present historical time is called to interrogate. Yet, George argues that Hegel's larger speculative ambitions in the Phenomenology compel him to turn to the resource of tragedy in order to give voice to issues of incommensurability, discontinuity, otherness, strife, and crisis. From this standpoint, Hegel's interest in the tragic proves to be more pervasive and to run deeper than has previously been recognized. The author shows that Hegel's reliance upon the tragic not only stretches and tests assumptions of speculative philosophy, but also illuminates original insights into human finitude. While situating Hegel's approach to tragedy as part of a broader response to Kant, George also contextualizes Hegel's interest in tragedy with reference to figures in German Idealism and Romanticism, such as Schelling, Hölderlin, and Schlegel.
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  • Hardback | 193 pages
  • 154.9 x 231.1 x 20.3mm | 385.56g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 0791468658
  • 9780791468654

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"This is an important contribution to the current reception of Hegel. Lucid and concise, it displays an admirable command of both the continental and the Anglo-American scholarship of Hegel. Even more importantly, it is both faithful to Hegel's project, yet keenly aware of the subterranean possibilities that Hegel's insistence on the triumph of speculative unity excludes. George clearly indicates Hegel's contribution to our understanding of the German retrieval of Greek tragedy as well as tragic elements that elude Hegel's speculative interests. Overall, it is both a fine work of scholarship, addressing a largely neglected theme, and a fine piece of philosophizing in its own right."
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About Theodore D. George

Theodore D. George is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Texas A&M University.
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