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The Philosophy of Tragedy
From Plato to Žižek


  • Author: Julian Young, Wake Forest University, North Carolina
  • Date Published: September 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107025059

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  • This book is a full survey of the philosophy of tragedy from antiquity to the present. From Aristotle to Žižek the focal question has been: why, in spite of its distressing content, do we value tragic drama? What is the nature of the 'tragic effect'? Some philosophers point to a certain kind of pleasure that results from tragedy. Others, while not excluding pleasure, emphasize the knowledge we gain from tragedy - of psychology, ethics, freedom or immortality. Through a critical engagement with these and other philosophers, the book concludes by suggesting an answer to the question of what it is that constitutes tragedy 'in its highest vocation'. This book will be of equal interest to students of philosophy and of literature.

    • Uniquely comprehensive. An A (Aristotle) to Z (Žižek) of the philosophy of tragedy, where the focal question has been: why, in spite of its distressing content, do we value tragic drama?
    • Written in an accessible non-technical style
    • Will be of interest to students of both philosophy and literature
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    '… a model of clear philosophical prose … keen philosophical insights … Some people read books to gain understanding; I suspect Young wrote this book to gain understanding. For philosophers or anyone else interested in tragedy, we should all be glad that he did.' The British Journal of Aesthetics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107025059
    • length: 294 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Plato
    2. Aristotle
    3. After Aristotle
    4. Hume
    5. Schelling
    6. Hölderlin
    7. Hegel
    8. Kierkegaard
    9. Schopenhauer
    10. Nietzsche
    11. Benjamin and Schmitt
    12. Heidegger
    13. Camus
    14. Arthur Miller
    15. Žižek
    16. Conclusions.

  • Author

    Julian Young, Wake Forest University, North Carolina
    Julian Young is William R. Kenan Professor of Humanities at Wake Forest University. He has written eleven books, which have been translated into Turkish, Chinese, Iranian, Greek, Portuguese and Polish. His most recent book, Friedrich Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography, won the Association of American Publishers 2010 PROSE Award for philosophy and was selected by Choice as an 'Outstanding Academic Title' of 2010. Young has written for the Guardian, New York Times and Harper's Magazine and has appeared on radio and TV in New Zealand, Ireland and the United States. In addition to more than fifty articles in philosophy journals and collections, he has published in the Journal of Clinical Neuroscience and the Journal of the Royal Musical Association.

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