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Tragedy and philosophy

Walter Arnold Kaufmann

Tragedy and philosophy

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Published by Doubleday in New York .
Written in English


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Statementby Walter Kaufmann.
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Open LibraryOL15024669M
ISBN 100385065817

Historically, tragedy of a high order Tragedy and philosophy book been created in only four periods and locales: Attica, in Greece, in the 5th century bce; England in the reigns of Elizabeth I and James Ifrom to ; 17th-century France ; and Europe and America during the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th. Instead, as he was spelling out the different facets of what he called reflective judgment, he was led to define the terms of a type Tragedy and philosophy book experience -- aesthetic and teleological -- in which subject and object, the intelligible and the sensible, the infinite and the finite, reason and understanding, liberty and necessity are thought of in their togetherness. Secondly, unlike other publications that focus on the milestones of the philosophical readings of tragedy, from Plato and Aristotle to Schelling, Hegel, Nietzsche, and others, Billings addresses the post-Kantian interest in Greek tragedy by examining how it developed within the field of literary thought in France and Germany from the late 17th century onward. In order to do so, he provides a definition of tragedy that we can break up into seven parts: 1 it involves mimesis; 2 it is serious; 3 the action is complete and with magnitude; 4 it is made up of language with the "pleasurable accessories" of rhythm and harmony; 5 these "pleasurable accessories" are not used uniformly throughout, but are introduced in separate parts of the work, so that, for instance, some bits are spoken in verse and other bits are sung; 6 it is performed rather than narrated; and 7 it arouses the emotions of pity and fear and accomplishes a katharsis purification or purgation of these emotions. When either of these elements diminishes, when the form is overmixed with satiric, comic, or sentimental elements, or when the theatre of concern succumbs to the theatre of entertainment, then tragedy falls from its high estate and is on its way to becoming something else. At the same time, there is definitely a lot we can learn from a subtle appreciation of art.

In their view, the key features of the third Critique e. That is, according to Aristotle, happiness consists in a certain kind of activity rather than in a certain Tragedy and philosophy book of character. The issue had already kept busy a number of ancient philosophers. I know that Oedipus is not a real person and that no one is really suffering when I watch Oedipus suffer. Though katharsis may be an important effect of tragedy, it is hardly the reason for which poets write tragedies. The music theme was so closely associated with Richard Wagner that it became an embarrassment to Nietzsche once he himself had achieved some distance and independence from Wagner.

Indeed, the view of a tragedy typically produces disgust or awe in the viewer. We ordinarily know what we're doing -- feeding the cat, painting Tragedy and philosophy book house, or writing a book review, say -- but also fail to know our most fundamental motivations in living within illusions about possibilities of happiness and meaning p. It provoked pamphlets and counter-pamphlets attacking him on the grounds of common sense, scholarship and sanity. Nietzsche's theory of Athenian tragic drama suggests exactly how, before Euripides and Socrates, the Dionysian and Apollonian elements of life were artistically woven together. And we shall listen benevolently, for it will be clear gain for us if it can be shown that she bestows not only pleasure but a benefit.


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Tragedy and philosophy by Walter Arnold Kaufmann Download PDF Ebook

That is neither Apollinian nor Dionysian; it negates all aesthetic Tragedy and philosophy book only values that the 'Birth of Tragedy' recognizes: it is nihilistic in the most profound sense, while in the Dionysian symbol the ultimate limit of affirmation is attained.

By the same token, however, Herder also advocated for preserving a principle that would enable one to evaluate Sophocles' and Tragedy and philosophy book works in relation to their respective historical circumstances.

Schopenhauer; Second, we might ask to what extent katharsis is the purpose of tragedy, and to what extent it is an occasional effect of tragedy. Not that anyone's afflictions are in themselves a source of delight; but to realize from what troubles you yourself are free is joy indeed.

That is, the way to pleasure is pain. Although the word tragedy is often used loosely to describe any sort of disaster or misfortune, it more precisely refers to a work of art that probes with high seriousness questions concerning the role of man in the universe.

The agents of the action can be understood in terms of d character and e thought. Despite being at the heart of philosophical debate from Ancient Greece to the Nineteenth Century, however, tragedy has yet to receive proper treatment as a philosophical tradition in its own right. For information on the relationship of tragedy to other types of drama, see dramatic literature.

He has observed that tragedy has a cathartic effect on its viewers, but he is not trying to enunciate this as the end goal of all tragedy.

In suggesting the Greeks might have had problems, Nietzsche was departing from the scholarly traditions of his age, which viewed the Greeks as a happy, perhaps even naive, and simple people.

Particularly illuminating in this respect is the twenty-year-old Schelling's Philosophical Letters on Dogmatism and Criticismwhich can be considered the very first attempt to explicitly connect ancient Greek tragedy to issues that are at the heart o f post-Kantian, idealist debates.

We might hope at least to identify skills and virtues for coping comparatively well with our situation. But how fully dark should our acceptance of these ideas be?

Since the erring protagonist is always in at least partial opposition to the state, the importance of tragedy lies not in the character but in the enlightening event.

The Paradox of Tragedy

This is, in the end, an ancient interpretation of the power and relevance of tragedy, as that form of entertainment that is quintessential to elevate our spirits by allowing them to surpass our traumas. If not absent, Tragedy and philosophy book a connection is, at the very least, insufficiently treated in Billings' study.

By extension the term may be applied to other literary works, such as the novel. If that were so, poets would be little more than emotional therapists. I may feel pity for Oedipus when he learns that Tragedy and philosophy book has killed his father and married his mother, but this is a different kind of pity than the pity I feel for the homeless or for those living in war zones.

But Aristotle, as we now see, makes this argument in this way because it is an essential part of his rebuttal to Plato: if we are not sympathizing with good men, then clearly the experience of watching a tragedy cannot be allowed into the ideal state.

I also agree with Billings' critique of Peter Szondi, who once held that "Since Aristotle, there has been a poetics of tragedy.

Not only Christianity, but also most explanation-seeking religion, metaphysics, and philosophy amount to nothing more than "elaborate system[s] of denial about the truth of our condition" p.

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