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Tragedy and Citizenship: Conflict, Reconciliation, and Democracy from Haemon to Hegel
     

Tragedy and Citizenship: Conflict, Reconciliation, and Democracy from Haemon to Hegel

by Derek W. M. Barker
 

ISBN-10: 0791476294

ISBN-13: 9780791476291

Pub. Date: 11/06/2008

Publisher: State University of New York Press

A study of attitudes towards tragedy in both democratic and nondemocractic political theory.

Tragedy and Citizenship provides a wide-ranging exploration of attitudes toward tragedy and their implications for politics. Derek W. M. Barker reads the history of political thought as a contest between the tragic view of politics that accepts conflict and

Overview

A study of attitudes towards tragedy in both democratic and nondemocractic political theory.

Tragedy and Citizenship provides a wide-ranging exploration of attitudes toward tragedy and their implications for politics. Derek W. M. Barker reads the history of political thought as a contest between the tragic view of politics that accepts conflict and uncertainty, and an optimistic perspective that sees conflict as self-dissolving. Drawing on Aristotle’s political thought, alongside a novel reading of the Antigone that centers on Haemon, its most neglected character, Barker provides contemporary democratic theory with a theory of tragedy. He sees Hegel’s philosophy of reconciliation as a critical turning point that results in the elimination of citizenship. By linking Hegel’s failure to address the tragic dimensions of politics to Richard Rorty, John Rawls, and Judith Butler, Barkeroffers a major reassessment of contemporary political theory and a fresh perspective on the most urgent challenges facing democratic politics.

Derek W. M. Barker is a program officer at the Kettering Foundation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791476291
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
11/06/2008
Pages:
198
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Conflict, Reconciliation, and Citizenship

1. Listening to Haemon: Citizenship in the Antigone

2. Pity, Fear, and Citizenship: The Politics of Aristotle’s Poetics

3. Hegel and the Politics of Reconciliation

4. Redescription as Reconciliation: Richard Rorty

5. John Rawls and Hegelian Political Philosophy

6. Judith Butler’s Postmodern Antigone

Conclusion: Tragedy, Citizenship, and the Human Condition

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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