Leiden / Boston
Studies in Contemporary Phenomenology
Vol. I 2008
Editor: Chris Bremmers (Radboud University, Nijmegen) Associate Editors: Arthur Cools (University of Antwerp) and
Gert-Jan van der Heiden (Radboud University, Nijmegen)
The Locus of Tragedy
Edited by Arthur Cools, Thomas Crombez, Rosa Slegers
and Johan Taels
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
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?