By Kalliopi Nikolopoulou
From German idealism onward, Western thinkers have sought to revalue tragedy, constantly converging at one cardinal element: tragic paintings hazards aestheticizing genuine violence. Tragically Speaking seriously examines this revaluation, supplying a brand new figuring out of the altering which means of tragedy in literary and ethical discourse. It questions universal assumptions concerning the Greeks’ philosophical relation to the tragic culture and in regards to the moral and political ramifications of latest theories of tragedy.
Starting with the poet Friedrich Hölderlin and carrying on with to the current, Kalliopi Nikolopoulou lines how tragedy used to be translated into an idea (“the tragic”) that used to be then revised extra into the “beyond the tragic” of postmetaphysical modern suggestion. whereas spotting a number of the advantages of this revaluation, Tragically Speaking concentrates at the losses implicit in this type of flip. It argues that by means of translating tragedy into an idea, those rereadings effected a not easy subordination of politics to ethics: the drama of human clash gave option to philosophical mirrored image, bracketing the area in want of the assumption of the area. the place modern suggestion valorizes absence, passivity, the opposite, rhetoric, writing, and textuality, the writer argues that their “deconstructed opposites” (presence, will, the self, fact, speech, and motion, all of that are relevant to tragedy) are both important for any significant dialogue of ethics and politics.