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There s no need for him to preach me again as I m convertedAs I ve always admired Simon Critchley In Fact His Critchley in fact his work Very littlealmost nothing opened up a very different intellectual dimension for me to pursue when I was a philosophy student I expected a lot from this book then a taking aim at some silliness To be fair it may be the case that that silliness still exists in the academia and that s why Critchley feels that another book against them is warrantedHaving said that this book is a very good introduction to the world of Attic tragedy especially if you have learned about tragedy from a "Philosophy Lecture At The First "lecture at the first This book tells you why you should never appreciate tragedy as philosophy s tragedy which leads to silliness I eally espect Simon Critchley I appreciate his work in the area of the philosophies of Heidegger and Levinas I expected a lot and was excited by a glimpse of some central claim here about the possibility of a different approach to philosophy that eflects the moral ambiguity of tragedy Sadly I felt it never eally delved deep enough into that possibility and the whole book emained a ambling introduction that covered a lot of area but did so only superficially In ancient times the book that introduced me to the grand subject of Sophocles et al was George Steiner s The Death of Tragedy as sonorous and epic as its subject and which in turn set loose an avalanche of books eager to support or vigorously dissent from his argument After that sturm und drang in the critical teapot now long forgotten comes Simon Critchley s eccentric meditation less grand and for me much interesting in its variety of perspective positions and eversals and pithy pronouncements that extend as another eviewer noted even unto the usually arid Acknowledgments at the end of the book which is as good a place as any to begin uoting his thoughts I am engaging with tragedy in order to aim at a certain style of philosophy whose origins I trace to Plato and Aristotle I have come to find the metaphysical and moral assumptions to which that style is trace to Plato and Aristotle I have come to find the metaphysical and moral assumptions to which that style is uestionable It is not that this this book is anti philosophical Far from it It is ather that tragedy offers another way of thinking and experiencing a dialectical modality of eflection that is at once ealist negative modest and devastating than much that takes the name of philosophy co. 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. Nventionally understood which tends to confuse art with moral tutorial 283 284That s a good intro It also marks the damage of time of the philosophical landscape since Steiner wrote his book in the early 60s Tragedy can have no esonance in a society that believes in a just and easonable god nor in one that believes that man alone determines his destiny through the power of his own eason That s not Steiner that s just a handy summary I stole from another eview Who now believes in such a god or such a destiny Critchley begins from the opposite corner arguing that philosophy as it is often practiced blinds us to the kind #Of Thinking Reasoning Being Expressed #thinking easoning being expressed Greek tragedies it pretends to explain Here s one uote and I promise it s almost the last But it s a good one Tragedy s philosophy begins from the inevitable facticity of violence and the fragile necessity of easoning in a world of conflictual force a polytheistic world that continues to think of itself as monotheistic If the acceptance of tragedy s philosophy entails the abandonment of modern theological shibboleths like faith in progress which is underlined by a linear conception of time and history that tragedy twists out of joint then it might also possess the virtue of a modest political ealism that has to out of joint then it might also possess the virtue of a modest political ealism that has to where philosophy should begin in my view with disappointment But although philosophy might begin in disappointment it does not end there Only the contrary disappointment is the graveyard of those philosophies that insist maniacally upon affirmation vitality wonder and creation If you ve ead this far you ve probably guessed that in a book of this sort you ll also encounter the fine company of Plato Aristotle Aristophanes Schelling Nietzsche above all Vernant Vidal Nauet Anne Carson This is the kind of book on classics that give classics the life they euire It honors the ecognition that The ancients need our blood in order to evive and live among us "Critchley helps us live among them and among all those scholars and artists and eaders who ve poured out "helps us live among them and among all those scholars and artists and eaders who ve poured out blood and learning as a libationPS for those who buy hardbacks Pantheon has produced a fine book to ead and hold great typography clean design strong paper Odd to feel compelled to mention this but this book is a welcome exception to some of the shabby trends I ve noticed lately even from publishers of serious nonfictio. 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. ,

Tragedy the Greeks and UsThis was an enjoyable thought provoking listen I enjoy #JOHN LEE S NARRATION HE DOES NOT DISAPPOINT #Lee s narration and he does not disappoint ve been thinking I should ead the tragedies of Aeschylus Sophocles and Euripides and this convinced me that those works still have a lot of elevancy for our lives There are also some great one liners such as think of classical euivalent of twerking and Make Athens Great Again Critchley s insight is essentially that tragedy and philosophy fundamentally opposite world views in that philosophy going back to Socrates principally attempts to unify while tragedy embraces uncertainty and dualities without attempting to esolve them He argues that for philosophy and this is a somewhat overly broad generalization but not necessarily unfairly the fundamental disciplinary assumption is that there is some kind of basic oot truth which can be gotten to and the types of uestions philosophers pose are intended to discern that unified truth Tragedy on the other hand stages competing perspectives worldviews ideas and outlooks without an attempt to choose between them to find the most true outlook In other words tragedy fundamentally uns on uncertainty and self contradiction Critchley makes a eally compelling argument that this is or less at the heart of why Socrates and Plato would expel tragic poets from the ideal city in The Republic and why they hated democracy which also embraces competing ideas without trying to esolve them into a singular transcendent unityCritchley s stated project is to think a different approach to philosophy built around embracing tragic contradictions and ejecting the Platonic ideal of a transcendent truth I m not sure that he eally gets there but this book definitely aises some interesting uestions about the way both philosophy and tragedy work I have had very mixed feelings about this book As a eader I cannot say for sure that I enjoyed eading every pages The chapters on Platonic and Aristotlean evaluations of tragedy can be a little long winded and out of place and I d uestion why focusing on them instead of many other thinkers who have had interesting things said about tragedy I can appreciate that Critchley is taking aim at a certain style of philosophy that can be traced back to Plato and Aristotle maybe I am already convinced many years ago that the style of philosophy in uestion here is mere silliness. 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 ,