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A Philosophy of Tragedy

A Philosophy of Tragedy explores the tragic condition of man in modernity. Nietzsche knew it, but so have countless characters in literature: that the modern age places us squarely before the reflection of our own tragic condition, our existence characterized by utmost contingency, homelessness, instability, unredeemed suffering, and broken morality.
Christopher Hamilton examines the works of philosophers, writers, and playwrights to offer a stirring account of our tragic condition, one that explores the nature of philosophy and the ways it has understood itself and its role to mankind. Ranging from the debate over the death of the tragedy to a critique of modern virtue ethics, from a new interpretation of the evil of Auschwitz to a look at those who have seen our tragic state as inherently inconsolable, he shows that tragedy has been a crucial part of the modern human experience, one from which we shouldn’t avert our eyes. 

208 pages | 5 x 7 3/4 | © 2016

Philosophy: General Philosophy

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Philosophy and Tragedy: A Personal View
1. Ontology
2. Pollution
3. Suffering
4. Virtue, Happiness and Morality
5. Among the Ruins
6. Some Final Thoughts


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