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Felicities and Infelicities of a Model: Tragedy and the Present. Review of On Germans and Other Greeks: Tragedy and Ethical Life by Dennis J. Schmidt

Felicities and Infelicities of a Model: Tragedy and the Present. Review of On Germans and Other... Felicities and Infelicities of a Model: Tragedy and the Present Dennis J. Schmidt. On Germans and Other Greeks: Tragedy and Ethical Life . Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001. 337 pp. The renewed interest in the question of tragedy that emerges in German philosophy after Kant is not the simple rediscovery of a theme that had been extensively discussed in ancient philosophy and that subse- quently became marginalized. This interest is Ž rst of all one in Greece itself. But the return to Greece in Idealist philosophy—one to which the question of tragedy is central—takes place speciŽ cally following Kant’s critical inquiry into the limits of philosophy as metaphysics, when it became clear that philosophy could no longer keep doing busi- ness as usual. The rediscovery of tragedy concurs with the post- Enlightenment realization in Germany that philosophy as metaphysics has come to an end. Therefore, the return to Greece that philosophy undergoes at the end of the eighteenth century corresponds to nothing less than a return to philosophy’s origin in what is not yet philoso- phy, before it shapes itself as metaphysics. It is this concern with the beginnings of philosophy that explains the Idealist interest in Greek http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research in Phenomenology Brill

Felicities and Infelicities of a Model: Tragedy and the Present. Review of On Germans and Other Greeks: Tragedy and Ethical Life by Dennis J. Schmidt

Research in Phenomenology , Volume 33 (1): 287 – Jan 1, 2003

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© 2003 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Felicities and Infelicities of a Model: Tragedy and the Present Dennis J. Schmidt. On Germans and Other Greeks: Tragedy and Ethical Life . Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001. 337 pp. The renewed interest in the question of tragedy that emerges in German philosophy after Kant is not the simple rediscovery of a theme that had been extensively discussed in ancient philosophy and that subse- quently became marginalized. This interest is Ž rst of all one in Greece itself. But the return to Greece in Idealist philosophy—one to which the question of tragedy is central—takes place speciŽ cally following Kant’s critical inquiry into the limits of philosophy as metaphysics, when it became clear that philosophy could no longer keep doing busi- ness as usual. The rediscovery of tragedy concurs with the post- Enlightenment realization in Germany that philosophy as metaphysics has come to an end. Therefore, the return to Greece that philosophy undergoes at the end of the eighteenth century corresponds to nothing less than a return to philosophy’s origin in what is not yet philoso- phy, before it shapes itself as metaphysics. It is this concern with the beginnings of philosophy that explains the Idealist interest in Greek

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Published: Jan 1, 2003

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