Tragedy and Philosophy
By (author) Walter A. Kaufmann
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Tragedy and Philosophy by Walter A. Kaufmann
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691020051
(216mm x 140mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 8-Sep-1992
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Walter A. Kaufmann
Nietzsche, Paperback (November 2013)
When the author wrote it in the immediate aftermath of World War II, most scholars outside Germany viewed Nietzsche as part madman, part proto-Nazi, and almost wholly unphilosophical. This title offers an account of his life and works, and of the uses and abuses to which subsequent generations had put his ideas.
Basic Writings of Nietzsche, Paperback (January 2001)
Presents five central works by an important and readable philosopher of modern times. This title is translated by Walter Kaufmann, with a fresh introduction by Peter Gay.
Portable Nietzsche, Paperback (December 1994)» View all books by Walter A. Kaufmann
The works of Friedrich Nietzsche have fascinated readers around the world ever since the publication of his first book more than a 100 years ago. This title includes translations of the complete and unabridged texts of Nietzsche's four major works: "Twilight of the Idols", "The Antichrist", "Nietzsche Contra Wagner" and "Thus Spoke Zarathustra".
US Kirkus Review » Aside from his study of Nietzsche, this is the most interesting and important work Professor Kaufmann has written. Ambitious in scope (it closely reviews the theories of Plato, Aristotle, Hegel, Hume, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche concerning the nature of tragedy), controversial in matter (Professor Kaufmann not only debates the ideas of the six philosophers, but also presents his own "new poetics"), Tragedy and Philosophy offers as well, more or less on existential grounds, a spirited defense of the tragic poets, specifically the Greek dramatists and Shakespeare, who, the author contends, "show us the reality of life," and not the illusory "images of images" Platonic criticism suggests. Of course, Kaufmann's particular definition of tragedy as an exalted symbolic action and so forth, is hardly exceptional (Kenneth Burke has developed along these lines a far more thoroughgoing and systematic analysis), and many of Kaufmann's immodest statements, such as that his reading of the Oedipus plays is possibly "more illuminating than the standard interpretations from Aristotle to Freud," will not sit well with most readers. And yet it is really Kaufmann's combative tone, his itch to show up the vagaries of literary historians or wrong-headed assumptions or bad translations or inflated reputations (Styron's Nat Turner is slaughtered) that gives his book its special flair and impact. Add to this, truly intimidating scholarship, and you have a distinctive and challenging treatise. (Kirkus Reviews)
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