Tragedy and Citizenship : Conflict, Reconciliation, and Democracy from Haemon to Hegel
Tragedy and Citizenship provides a wide-ranging exploration of attitudes toward tragedy and their implications for politics. Derek W. M. Barker reads the history of political thought as a contest between the tragic view of politics that accepts conflict and uncertainty, and an optimistic perspective that sees conflict as self-dissolving. Drawing on Aristotle's political thought, alongside a novel reading of the Antigone that centers on Haemon, its most neglected character, Barker provides contemporary democratic theory with a theory of tragedy. He sees Hegel's philosophy of reconciliation as a critical turning point that results in the elimination of citizenship. By linking Hegel's failure to address the tragic dimensions of politics to Richard Rorty, John Rawls, and Judith Butler, Barkeroffers a major reassessment of contemporary political theory and a fresh perspective on the most urgent challenges facing democratic politics. Derek W. M. Barker is a program officer at the Kettering Foundation.
- Hardback | 198 pages
- 152 x 229 x 20.32mm | 426g
- 20 Nov 2008
- State University of New York Press
- Albany, NY, United States
- Total Illustrations: 0
About Derek W.M. Barker
Derek W. M. Barker is a program officer at the Kettering Foundation.