Tragic Ambiguity

Anthropology, Philosophy and Sophocles' Antigone.

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Review Quotes

"Leur interprétation l'emporte sur les interprétations existantes tant par l'homogénéité que parl al stricte logique interne."
Herman van Looy, L'Antiquité Classique, 1989.

"...points towards some interesting questions and is to be welcomed..."
Simon D. Goldhill, The Classical Review, 1988.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements

1. INTRODUCTION
1.1. Intercultural comparisons
1.2. Premises of our method
Appendix

2. SEPARATIVE COSMOLOGIES
2.1. Fundamental cosmological categories
2.2. Aspects of separative cosmologies
2.3. Harmonization in separative cosmologies

3. INTERCONNECTED COSMOLOGIES
3.1. Building materials of interconnected cosmologies
3.2. Man and nature
3.3. Man and his gods
3.4. Social relations
3.5. Life and death
3.6. Law and order
3.7. Darkness and insight

4. ASPECTS OF ANCIENT GREEK COSMOLOGY
4.1. Building materials of ancient Greek cosmology
4.2. Man and nature
4.3. The Greeks and their gods
4.4. Social Relations
4.5. Life and Death
4.6. Law and order
4.7. Darkness and insight

5. EXISTING INTERPRETATIONS OF SOPHOCLE’S ANTIGONE
5.1. The directly separative point of view
5.2. The harmonizing point of view

6. THE STASIMA OF SOPHOCLES’ANTIGONE
6.0. Introduction
6.1. The first stasimon
6.2. The second stasimon
6.3. The third stasimon
6.4. The fourth stasimon
6.5. The parode and the last stasimon

7. THE EPISODES OF SOPHOCLES’ ANTIGONE
7.1. Creon’s speech
7.2. Antigone’s speech
7.3. Antigone and Ismene
7.4. Creon and the guard
7.5. Creon and Antigone
7.6. Haemon, Creomon and Antigone
7.7. Antigone’s reversal
7.8. Creon’s reversal
7.9. Sophocles’ cosmology

8. TRAGEDY AND SOME PHILOPHERS
8.0. Introduction
8.1. Plato’s banishment of tragedy
8.2. Ricoeur’s reconciliation of tragedy and philosophy
8.3. Philosophical acceptance of tragedy
Conclusion

Bibliography

Index locorum
Index of selected topics
Index of proper names

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