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The Tragic Absolute: German Idealism and the Languishing of God David Farrell Krell

The Tragic Absolute: German Idealism and the Languishing of God

David Farrell Krell

Published September 1st 2005
ISBN : 9780253345363
Hardcover
496 pages
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This is vintage Krell--he is as always, a reader in the best sense of the word.... --Dennis J. SchmidtKrell is a strong and often eloquent writer... I regard this to be one of his most important works.... --Jason M. WirthIn The Tragic Absolute,MoreThis is vintage Krell--he is as always, a reader in the best sense of the word.... --Dennis J. SchmidtKrell is a strong and often eloquent writer... I regard this to be one of his most important works.... --Jason M. WirthIn The Tragic Absolute, David Farrell Krell shows that German Idealist and Romantic theories of literature and aesthetic judgment, especially when it comes to tragedy, are closer to the heart of metaphysics and ethics than previously thought. Krell not only explores the contributions of Schelling, Holderlin, Novalis, Hegel, and Nietzsche to the aesthetics of tragedy, he also charts the fate of the absolute and speculative philosophy in terms of the tragic. Krell explodes the usual conception that aesthetic judgments about literary genres are relatively marginal subjects for philosophy. Indeed, in Krells view, even God himself, the very absolute of traditional metaphysics, is seen as languishing and condemned to tragic downfall. Questions concerning the death of God, the role of trauma and forgetting in narrative, the overcoming of barriers between humans and other living beings, and the role of music and rhythm as sources of ecstasy are highlighted in this keen, precise, and lively book.