Reason's Grief: An Essay on Tragedy and Value

Reason's Grief: An Essay on Tragedy and Value

by George W. Harris
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521863287

ISBN-13: 9780521863285

Pub. Date: 06/30/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Reason's Grief takes W. B. Yeats's comment that we begin to live only when we have conceived life as tragedy as a call for a tragic ethics, something the modern West has yet to produce. Harris argues that we must turn away from religious understandings of tragedy and the human condition and realize that our species will occupy a very brief period of history, at

Overview

Reason's Grief takes W. B. Yeats's comment that we begin to live only when we have conceived life as tragedy as a call for a tragic ethics, something the modern West has yet to produce. Harris argues that we must turn away from religious understandings of tragedy and the human condition and realize that our species will occupy a very brief period of history, at some point to disappear without a trace. We must accept an ethical perspective that avoids pernicious fantasies about ultimate redemption but that sees tragic loss as a permanent and pervasive aspect of our daily lives, yet finds a way to think, feel and act with both passion and hope. Reason's Grief takes us back through the history of our thinking about value to find our way. The call is for nothing less than a paradigm shift for understanding both tragedy and ethics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521863285
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

An aesthetic prelude; 1. The problem of tragedy; 2. The dubious ubiquity of reason; 3. Nihilism; 4. Pessimism; 5. Monism: an epitaph; 6. Moralism and the inconstancy of value; 7. Moralism and the impurity of value; 8. Best life pluralism and reason's regret; 9. Tragic pluralism and reason's grief; 10. Postscript on the future: the idea of progress and the avoidance of despair.

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