New PDF release: Genealogy of the Tragic: Greek Tragedy and German Philosophy

By Joshua Billings

Why did Greek tragedy and "the tragic" end up visible as necessary to conceptions of modernity? and the way has this trust affected sleek understandings of Greek drama? In Genealogy of the Tragic, Joshua Billings solutions those and similar questions via tracing the emergence of the trendy concept of the tragic, which used to be first constructed round 1800 via thinkers linked to German Idealism. The publication argues that the belief of the tragic arose according to a brand new recognition of historical past within the past due eighteenth century, which spurred theorists to determine Greek tragedy as either a special, traditionally distant shape and a undying literary style packed with that means for the current. The e-book bargains a brand new interpretation of the theories of Schiller, Schelling, Hegel, Hölderlin, and others, as mediations among those historicizing and universalizing impulses, and indicates the roots in their techniques in past discussions of Greek tragedy in Germany, France, and England. by way of reading eighteenth-century readings of tragedy and the interactions among idealist thinkers intimately, Genealogy of the Tragic deals the main entire old account of the tragic up to now, in addition to the fullest rationalization of why and the way the assumption used to be used to make feel of modernity. The ebook argues that idealist theories stay basic to modern interpretations of Greek tragedy, and demands a renewed engagement with philosophical questions in feedback of tragedy.

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