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

The Tragic Absolute German Idealism and the Languishing of God

Part of the Studies in Continental Thought Series

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

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, 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.

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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


About the Author

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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Book Info

Publication date

5th September 2005

Author

David Farrell Krell

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Publisher

Indiana University Press

Format

Paperback
496 pages

Categories

History of Western philosophy

ISBN

9780253217530

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