[EPUB] Tragedy the Greeks and Us
EPUB Tragedy the Greeks and Us
Greek Tragedy With Our Own BloodSimon Critchley s Tragedy the Greeks and Us 2019 explores ancient Greek tragedy and philosophy and discusses their continued significance Critchley Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School of Social Research has written extensively on philosophy and on philosophy s elationship to literature He has the gift of writing both for those highly Lets Be Just Friends (Just Friends, read in philosophy and for the generaleader as shown in his A Mother and Daughter Diary of Raw Food Recipes for Beginners role as moderator for the New York Times philosophy column The Stone This gift for combining the scholarly and the popular is fully used in his study of Greek tragedy His book draws on ancient texts scholarly writing and modern popular cultureCritchley argues that the ancients need a little of our own blood to speak to us He means that by becoming engaged with the passions and dilemmas of the ancient plays we people of today can get a broader deeper understanding of who we are and who we might become Critchley writes Without wanting to piggyback on the dizzying success of vampire fiction the latter s portion of truth is that the ancients need a little of our true blood in order to speak to us Whenevived we will notice that when the ancients speak they do not merely tell us about themselves They tell us about us But who is the us that might still be claimed and compelled by these ancient texts by these uins And here is both the beauty and strangeness of this thought This us is not necessarily existent It is us but in some new way some alien manner It is us but not as we have seen ourselves before turned inside out and upside downWith this enigmatic introduction Critchley offers a complex portrayal of Greek tragedy that focuses on the ambiguities of the human condition and of the multi faceted competing characters of human goods that come into conflict in Greek tragedy and in human life He discusses how seemingly autonomous individuals are controlled by their past with little degree of self knowledge Critchley shows how Greek tragedy displays both the scope of and the severe limits of human eason In a provocative passage Critchley contrasts the polytheism of Greek tragedy with the monotheism of the three leading Western eligions He writesWhat is preferable about the world of Greek tragedy is that it is a polytheistic world with a diversity of deeply flawed gods and ival conceptions of. From the curator of The New York Times's The Stone a provocative and timely exploration into tragedy how it articulates conflicts and contradiction that we need to address in order to better understand the world we live in We might think
The good It is my conviction that the lesson of tragedy is that it is prudent to abandon any notion of monotheism whether it is either of the three Abrahamic monotheisms a Platonic monotheism ooted in the metaphysical primacy of the Good or indeed the secular monotheism of liberal democracy and human ights that still circles around a weak deistic conception of GodLate in his book he characterizes tragedy and drama as showing what it means to be alive In a conversation about the themes of tragedy an actor tells Critchely he is overly taken with concepts She says Of course what theater is about is a certain experience of aliveness That s all that matters The est is just ideas Good ideas maybe But just ideasThe development of Critchley s understanding of tragedy offers than enough for a book but Critchley offers still Critchley contrasts the approach to life of the Greek dramatists with the approach taken slightly thereafter by Greek philosophy largely in the figures of Plato and Aristotle Critchley contrasts the philosophy of tragedy of the philosophers with the tragedy of philosophy of the dramatists He argues that philosophers tried to use eason to come to an idealistic unitary understanding of the nature of life and that through the centuries as argued by Nietzsche the claims of eason were dashed leading to nihilism The tragedians were wiser in their skepticism of the power of eason They were akin in Critchley s telling to sophist thinkers such as Gorgias in emphasizing hetoric and the irreducible character of many human separate human goods than to Plato and AristotleThe complexity of this book makes it wander and feel somewhat disjointed The opening section of the book titled Introduction offers a broad wide anging statement of Critchley s themes and aims The following section Tragedy anges widely and explores among other things a small number of Greek dramas scholarly s In this work Simon Critchley explores Greek tragedies arguing that the Attica tragedies import a philosophy tragedy s philosophy which differs from the dominate philosophy of Rationalism handed down from us from Plato All of this is fine but it seems that at times Critchley is making claims that are self evident to the eader who has ead the Greeks and who has ead Nietzsche Nevertheless the work is a wonderful guide into the wonderful world of Gree. E are through with the past but the past isn't through with us Tragedy permits us to come face to face with what we do not know about ourselves but that which makes those selves who we are Having Been Born is a compelling examination of an.
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K tragedy which Critchley correctly shows is a world of ambiguity eliding certainty aising uestions that emain open and is a world that is only partially intelligible to human agency where autonomy is necessarily limited by some acknowledgment of dependency Critchley mentions in this epilogue that despite not being a classicist he has an interest in ancient Greek theatre This book is primarily a work of a philosopher however It looks at theatre the spectacle of politics looking at itself from the perspective of Plato and Aristotle but with multiple other views thrown in Plato chooses to eject theatre from his Republic but Aristotle s Poetics goes into some detail on what theatre is what effect it s supposed to have and its value Critchley takes all of these various perspectives and creates a work that skirts the ground between a full academic work and pop philosophy It s entirely accessible egardless of your knowledge of classics or philosophy but Critchley doesn t shy away from pulling in views from Hegel or Nietzsche Each chapter explores an element of Greek theatre and each is challenging and provoking It s probably not a great introduction to classics or Greek theatre but it s a great ead A philosophical look at the nature of ancient Athenian tragedy and how we interact with it and how it interacts with us A ather dense text delightful at times but at others a bit of a slog A lot of the emphasis is ather on philosophy than tragedy There are extensive bits about Socrates Plato and Aristotle among others and their thoughts on tragedy among other things There are some odd assertions like that Socrates admired craftsmen and craftsmanship but had no practical skills himself was he not a stonemason There are sections on comedy that seem beyond what might be a easonable comparison and contrast with tragedy Indeed the book feels like it meanders in topic and scope a bit and while it is often well written enough that sections of the book are enjoyable I felt the book lacked coherence and this made it harder to enjoy the book as a unified whole or indeed to say definitively what the author was trying to say about ancient Greek tragedy This is a book about the meaning in drama for people especially tragic but also comic Critchley manages the difficult trick of making a wealth of complex philosophy clear and engaging to the e. Cient Greek origins in the development and history of tragedy a story that epresents what we thought we knew about the poets dramatists and philosophers of ancient Greece and shows them to us in an unfamiliar unexpected and original light.
Simon Critchley born 27 February 1960 in Hertfordshire is an English philosopher currently teaching at The New School He works in continental philosophy Critchley argues that philosophy commences in disappointment either religious or political These two axes may be said largely to inform his published work religious disappointment raises the uestion of meaning and has to as he sees it de