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Cient Greek origins in the development and history of tragedy a story that represents what we thought we knew about the poets dramatists and philosophers of ancient Greece and shows them to us in an unfamiliar unexpected and original light Critchley's insight is essentially that tragedy and philosophy take fundamentally opposite world views in that philosophy going back to Socrates principally attempts to unify while tragedy embraces uncertainty and dualities without attempting to resolve them He argues that for philosophy and this is a somewhat overly broad generalization but not necessarily unfairly the fundamental disciplinary assumption is that there is some kind of basic root truth which can be gotten to and the types of uestions philosophers pose are intended to discern that unified truth Tragedy on the other hand stages competing perspectives worldviews ideas and outlooks without an attempt to choose between them to find the most true outlook In other words tragedy fundamentally runs on uncertainty and self contradiction Critchley makes a really compelling argument that this is or less at the heart of why Socrates and Plato would expel tragic poets from the ideal city in The Republic and why they hated democracy which also embraces competing ideas without trying to resolve them into a singular transcendent unityCritchley's stated project is to think a different approach to philosophy built around embracing tragic contradictions and rejecting the Platonic ideal of a transcendent truth I'm not sure that he really gets there but this book definitely raises some interesting uestions about the way both philosophy and tragedy work

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Tragedy the Greeks and UsE are through with the past but the past isn't through with us Tragedy permits us to come face to face with what we do not know about ourselves but that which makes those selves who we are Having Been Born is a compelling examination of an Critchley mentions in this epilogue that despite not being a classicist he has an interest in ancient Greek theatre This book is primarily a work of a philosopher however It looks at theatre the spectacle of politics looking at itself from the perspective of Plato and Aristotle but with multiple other views thrown in Plato chooses to reject theatre from his Republic but Aristotle's Poetics goes into some detail on what theatre is what effect it's supposed to have and its value Critchley takes all of these various perspectives and creates a work that skirts the ground between a full academic work and pop philosophy It's entirely accessible regardless of your knowledge of classics or philosophy but Critchley doesn't shy away from pulling in views from Hegel or Nietzsche Each chapter explores an element of Greek theatre and each is challenging and provoking It's probably not a great introduction to classics or Greek theatre but it's a great read