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Tragedy, the Greeks and Us

Simon Critchley

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14 April 2020
Literary studies: general; Philosophy; Western philosophy: Ancient, to c 500; Popular philosophy
We might think we are through with the past, but the past isn't through with us. Tragedy permits us to come face to face with the things we don't want to know about ourselves, but which still make us who we are. It articulates the conflicts and contradictions that we need to address in order to better understand the world we live in.

A work honed from a decade's teaching at the New School, where 'Critchley on Tragedy' is one of the most popular courses, Tragedy, the Greeks and Us is a compelling examination of the history of tragedy. Simon Critchley demolishes our common misconceptions about the poets, dramatists and philosophers of Ancient Greece - then presents these writers to us in an unfamiliar and original light.
By:   Simon Critchley
Imprint:   Profile
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   281g
ISBN:   9781788161480
ISBN 10:   1788161483
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   14 April 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Simon Critchley is the author of The Book of Dead Philosophers, Continental Philosophy - A Very Short Introduction and What We Think About When We Think About Football, among other titles. He is Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School in New York, and series moderator of 'The Stone', the New York Times philosophy column.

Reviews for Tragedy, the Greeks and Us

Engaging and thought-provoking without too much abstraction and with just enough detail to add flavour ... It has something of the chatty vigour of a successful seminar discussion ... infectiously enthusiastic ... . There is something genuinely invigorating about Critchley's eager open-mindedness, his willingness to step back from modernity to the ancient world and from philosophy to literature -- Emily Wilson * New Statesman * Simon Critchley beguiles as he illuminates -- David Mitchell Thoughtful, fascinating * New Yorker *


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