Looking for an examination copy?
If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact firstname.lastname@example.org providing details of the course you are teaching.
Scholars have often focused on understanding Aristotle's poetic theory, and particularly the concept of catharsis in the Poetics, as a response to Plato's critique of pity in the Republic. However, this book shows that, while Greek thinkers all acknowledge pity and some form of fear as responses to tragedy, each assumes for the two emotions a different purpose, mode of presentation and, to a degree, understanding. This book reassesses expressions of the emotions within different tragedies and explores emotional responses to and discussions of the tragedies by contemporary philosophers, providing insights into the ethical and social implications of the emotions.Read more
- Proposes a new understanding of pity and fear as responses to tragedy in ancient Greece
- Shows how Greek thinkers such as Gorgias, Plato and Aristotle developed unique accounts of the tragic emotions
- Compares philosophical accounts of the emotions to descriptions of pity and fear in tragedies
Not yet reviewed
Be the first to review
Review was not posted due to profanity×
- Date Published: December 2011
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521765107
- length: 292 pages
- dimensions: 234 x 160 x 20 mm
- weight: 0.59kg
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
Part I. Theoretical Views about Pity and Fear as Aesthetic Emotions:
1. Drama and the emotions: an Indo-European connection?
2. Gorgias: a strange trio, the poetic emotions
3. Plato: from reality to tragedy and back
4. Aristotle: the first 'theorist' of the aesthetic emotions
Part II. Pity and Fear within Tragedies:
5. An introduction
6. Aeschylus: Persians
7. Prometheus Bound
8. Sophocles: Ajax
9. Euripides: Orestes
Appendix: catharsis and the emotions in the definition of tragedy in the Poetics.
Sorry, this resource is locked