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The Tragic Absolute German Idealism and the Languishing of God

by David Farrell Krell

Part of the Studies in Continental Thought Series

The Tragic Absolute German Idealism and the Languishing of God Synopsis

This is vintage Krell-he is as always, a reader in the best sense of the word.... -Dennis J. Schmidt Krell is a strong and often eloquent writer... I regard this to be one of his most important works.... -Jason M. Wirth In 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, Hoelderlin, 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 Krell's 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.

The Tragic Absolute German Idealism and the Languishing of God Press Reviews

This is vintage Krell--he is as always, a reader in the best sense of the word... Dennis J. Schmidt Krell is a strong and often eloquent writer ... I regard this to be one of his most important works... Jason M. Wirth

Book Information

ISBN: 9780253217530
Publication date: 1st July 2005
Author: David Farrell Krell
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 496 pages
Categories: History of Western philosophy,

About David Farrell Krell

David Farrell Krell, Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University, is author of several books, including Postponements (IUP, 1986), Of Memory, Reminiscence, Writing (IUP, 1990), Daimon Life (IUP, 1992), Infectious Nietzsche (IUP, 1996), and Contagion (IUP, 1998).

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