Tragedy and Philosophy

ISBN-10: 0691020051
ISBN-13: 9780691020051
Edition: 1979
Authors: Walter Kaufmann
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Book details

List price: $38.95
Copyright year: 1979
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 9/28/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Walter Kaufmann was born in Freiburg, Germany in July 1, 1921. He arrived in the United States at the age of 17 and became a citizen in 1944. He received a B.A. degree from Williams College in 1941 and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1947. During World War II, he served in the United States Army from 1943-1946. He was a member of the philosophy department at Princeton University from 1947-1980. He was a philosopher, translator, poet, and photographer. His first book, a critical study of Nietzsche, was published in 1950. His other works include Critique of Religion and Philosophy, From Shakespeare to Existentialism, The Faith of a Heretic, Tragedy and Philosophy, Without Guilt and Justice, Religions in Four Dimensions, and Man's Lot. He died on September 4, 1980 at the age of 59.

Preface (1979)
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Prologue
Plato: The Rival as Critic
Before Plato
Plato's references to the Big Three
Republic 376-403
Republic VI-VII and X
Plato as a tragic poet
The Laws
Aristotle: The Judge Who Knows
Introduction to the Poetics
Aristotle's definition of tragedy
mimesis
spoudaios (noble)
"pity and fear"?
catharsis
The six elements - spectacle and thought
plot and its primacy
hamartia and hybrid
happy end
Toward a New Poetics
Beyond Plato and Aristotle
Imitation - and a new definition of tragedy
The work's relation to its author
The philosophical dimension
The Riddle of Oedipus
Three classical interpretations
The historical context
Man's radical insecurity
Human blindness
The curse of honesty
The inevitability of tragedy
Justice as problematic and the five themes
Oedipus versus Plato
Homer and the Birth of Tragedy
How Homer shaped Greek tragedy
The gods in the Iliad
Neither belief nor dualism
The matter of weight
Man's lot
Aeschylus and the Death of Tragedy
Nietzsche and the death of tragedy
What we know of Aeschylus
Orestes in Homer
Aeschylus' "optimism"
How he is more tragic than Homer
Character in the Iliad and Oresteia
How tragedy did and did not die
Sophocles: Poet of Heroic Despair
Nietzsche and Sophocles' "cheerfulness"
Hegel's "theory of tragedy"
Ajax
Antigone
The Women of Trachis and Electra
Philoctetes and Oedipus at Colonus
Sophocles' "humanism"
Euripides, Nietzsche, and Sartre
In defense of Euripides
Euripides' Electra
Was Euripides an "irrationalist"?
Nietzsche's influence on The Flies
Are Dirty Hands and The Flies tragedies?
Shakespeare and the Philosophers
Testing the philosophers
Aristotle and Shakespeare
Hegel on Shakespeare
Hume's essay "Of Tragedy"
Schopenhauer on tragedy
Nietzsche versus Schopenhauer
Max Scheler and "the tragic"
Tragedy Today
Tragic events and "the merely pathetic"
Can tragedies be written today?
The Deputy as a modern Christian tragedy
Tragedy versus history: The Deputy and Soldiers
Brecht's Galileo
The Confessions of Nat Turner
The modernity of Greek tragedy; prospects
Epilogue
Chronology
A Note on Translations
Bibliography
Index

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