The Tragic Absolute

The Tragic Absolute : German Idealism and the Languishing of God

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This is vintage Krell-he is as always, a reader in the best sense of the word...." -Dennis J. SchmidtKrell is a strong and often eloquent writer... I regard this to be one of his most important works...." -Jason M. WirthIn The Tragic Absolute, David Farrell Krell shows that German Idealist and Romantic theories of literature and aesthetic judgment, especially when it comes to tragedy, are closer to the heart of metaphysics and ethics than previously thought. Krell not only explores the contributions of Schelling, Hoelderlin, Novalis, Hegel, and Nietzsche to the aesthetics of tragedy, he also charts the fate of the absolute and speculative philosophy in terms of the tragic. Krell explodes the usual conception that aesthetic judgments about literary genres are relatively marginal subjects for philosophy. Indeed, in Krell's view, even God himself, the very absolute of traditional metaphysics, is seen as languishing and condemned to tragic downfall. Questions concerning the death of God, the role of trauma and forgetting in narrative, the overcoming of barriers between humans and other living beings, and the role of music and rhythm as sources of ecstasy are highlighted in this keen, precise, and lively book.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 154.9 x 231.1 x 33mm | 771.12g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 2 b&w photos, 1 bibliog., 1 index
  • 0253217539
  • 9780253217530
  • 793,573

About David Farrell Krell

David Farrell Krell, Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University, is author of several books, including Postponements (IUP, 1986), Of Memory, Reminiscence, Writing (IUP, 1990), Daimon Life (IUP, 1992), Infectious Nietzsche (IUP, 1996), and Contagion (IUP, 1998).
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"This is vintage Krell--he is as always, a reader in the best sense of the word... " Dennis J. Schmidt "Krell is a strong and often eloquent writer ... I regard this to be one of his most important works..." Jason M. Wirth
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Table of contents

ContentsAcknowledgmentsKey to Works CitedIntroduction1. The Oldest Program toward a System in German Idealism The Philological Dispute Das alteste Systemprogramm des deutschen Idealismus: Text and Translation Commentary The Tragic Absolute?2. Three Ends of the Absolute Absolute Inhibition: Schelling Absolute Separation: Hoelderlin Absolute Density: Novalis A Note on Absolute and Relative Death3. At the Stroke of One A Peripheral Reading of Schelling's Treatise on Human Freedom Excursus on Sehnsucht: Languor, the Languid, and Languishment The Peripheral Reading (continued) An Indifferent Reading of Schelling's Treatise on Human Freedom4. God's Trauma The Earliest Notes toward Schelling's The Ages of the World The Genealogy of Time, and the Golden Age Trauma, Repression, and the Absolute Past An Excursion to Samothrace5. God's Footstool From the 1811 Draft of Die Weltalter, with Variants from the 1810Stuttgarter Privatvorlesungen and the 18271828 System der Weltalter From the Sketches toward the Second Proposed Volume ofDie Weltalter, "The Present" The Olympian Zeus of Pausanias's Guide to Greece The Forlorn Foot of Divinity6. Brazen Wheels Freedom to Burn: Schelling's Tenth Letter Absolute Mythology: The 18021803 Philosophy of Art The Klang of Music, the Fine Arts, and Tragedy Ironclad Necessity7. Voices of Empedocles "Dame Philosophy Is a Tyrant" Essence or Accidents? Nefas or Destiny? Formal Aspects of the Three Drafts of Hoelderlin's Mourning-Play Rhea's Disappearance and the Rise of the Doppelganger8. Hoelderlin's "Translations" of Sophocles The Labors of Translation The Reviews Absolute Intensity and the Task of the Translator Translating "Theatrality"9. A Small Number of Houses in the Tragic Universe At the Center of Ari
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