The Tragic Absolute
German Idealism and the Languishing of God
By (author) David Farrell Krell
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Tragic Absolute by David Farrell Krell
Book Description"This is vintage Krell-he is as always, a reader in the best sense of the word..." -Dennis J. Schmidt "Krell is a strong and often eloquent writer...I regard this to be one of his most important works..." -Jason M. Wirth In The Tragic Absolute, David Farrell Krell shows that German Idealist and Romantic theories of literature and aesthetic judgment, especially when it comes to tragedy, are closer to the heart of metaphysics and ethics than previously thought. Krell not only explores the contributions of Schelling, Holderlin, Novalis, Hegel, and Nietzsche to the aesthetics of tragedy, he also charts the fate of the absolute and speculative philosophy in terms of the tragic. Krell explodes the usual conception that aesthetic judgments about literary genres are relatively marginal subjects for philosophy. Indeed, in Krell's view, even God himself, the very absolute of traditional metaphysics, is seen as languishing and condemned to tragic downfall. Questions concerning the death of God, the role of trauma and forgetting in narrative, the overcoming of barriers between humans and other living beings, and the role of music and rhythm as sources of ecstasy are highlighted in this keen, precise, and lively book.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780253217530
(5983mm x 3971mm x 31mm)
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2005
Country of Publication: United States
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Basic Writings: Martin Heidegger, Paperback (August 2010)
Few philosophers have had more influence on the shape of western philosophy after 1900 than Martin Heidegger. This title offers a full range of this profound and controversial thinker's writings, including: "The Origin of the Work of Art"; "The introduction to Being and Time"; "What Is Metaphysics?"; and, "The End of Philosophy".
Good European, Paperback (January 2000)» View all books by David Farrell Krell
Friedrich Nietzsche was acutely sensitive to place. He was convinced that the effects of the environment, climate and terrain on one's life and thought were profound. This book explores, in text and photographs, the cities and landscapes in which Nietzsche worked and their influence on his thought.
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Author Biography - David Farrell Krell
David Farrell Krell, Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University, is author of several books, including Postponements (IUP, 1986), Of Memory, Reminiscence, Writing (IUP, 1990), Daimon Life (IUP, 1992), Infectious Nietzsche (IUP, 1996), and Contagion (IUP, 1998).
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