The Locus of Tragedy


Ask for the tragic and Europe will answer.

Leaving behind the philosophers’ enthusiasm of the nineteenth century, ‘tragedy’ and ‘the tragic’ now seem little more than vague containers. However, it appears that we still discover a tragic essence in our personal lives. Time and again tragedy is being registered, written down and staged.

This book wants to open a contemporary philosophical perspective on the tragic. What is the locus of tragedy? Does it relate to metaphysics, the gods, destiny, and chance? Or is it a matter of ethics, of the Law and its transgression? Does man himself occupy the locus of tragedy, because of his unreasonable and boundless desires, as many philosophers have suggested? Is man today still able to account for his tragic condition? Or do we locate the tragic first and foremost in the esthetic imagination? Is not the theatrical genre of tragedy the locus authenticus of all things tragic? Is there more to the tragic than drama and play?

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Biographical Note
Arthur Cools, Ph.D. (2003) in Philosophy, Catholic University of Leuven, is Professor of Philosophy of Culture at the University of Antwerp. He has published in the field of contemporary French philosophy and literature.

Thomas Crombez, Ph.D. (2006) in Theatre Studies, University of Antwerp, is Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Antwerp. He has published on twentieth-century and contemporary avant-garde theatre, particularly on the intersections of philosophy and the performing arts. He is the co-editor of On the Outlook: Figures of the Messianic (CSP, 2007).
Johan Taels, Ph.D. (1987) in Philosophy, Catholic University of Leuven, is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics at the University of Antwerp. He has published articles and studies on Ethics, Philosophy of Religion and S. Kierkegaard. Rosa Slegers, Ph.D. (2007) in Philosophy, Fordham University, is assistant professor of philosophy at Centre College, KY where she teaches ethical theory, modern continental philosophy, and philosophy of art and literature.
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Simon Critchley, Dennis J. Schmidt, Jos de Mul, Dan Shaw, Jens De Vleminck, Enrica Zanin, Klaas Tindemans, David Janssens, Stijn Brussels, Bram Van Oostveldt, Adam Wood, Laurens De Vos, Frans van Peperstraten, Paul Vanden Berghe, Robrecht Vandemeulebroecke, Rosa Slegers, Chris Bremmers, Thomas Crombez, Arthur Cools, Johan Taels, Karel Vanhaesebrouck
All those interested in the locus and the meaning of the tragic in literature, culture, ethics and politics.
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