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Epochal Discordance
Holderlin's Philosophy of Tragedy
Epochal Discordance
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Veronique M. Foti - Author
SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy
Price: $55.00 
Hardcover - 155 pages
Release Date: September 2006
ISBN10: 0-7914-6859-3
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6859-3

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Release Date: June 2007
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ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6860-9

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Examines the German poet Hölderlin’s philosophical insights into tragedy.

Friedrich Hölderlin must be considered not only a significant poet but also a philosophically important thinker within German Idealism. In both capacities, he was crucially preoccupied with the question of tragedy, yet, surprisingly, this book is the first in English to explore fully his philosophy of tragedy. Focusing on the thought of Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Reiner Schürmann, Véronique M. Fóti discusses the tragic turning in German philosophy that began at the close of the eighteenth century to provide a historical and philosophical context for an engagement with Hölderlin. She goes on to examine the three fragmentary versions of Hölderlin’s own tragedy, The Death of Empedocles, together with related essays, and his interpretation of Sophoclean tragedy. Fóti also addresses the relationship of his character Empedocles to the pre-Socratic philosopher and concludes by examining Heidegger’s dialogue with Hölderlin concerning tragedy and the tragic.

“Original, interesting, and carefully argued, this book makes an important contribution by demonstrating that Hölderlin must be taken seriously for his work in philosophy. Among its numerous strengths, Fóti’s study contextualizes Hölderlin’s philosophy of tragedy within larger currents of post-Kantian continental philosophy, recognizes that Hölderlin’s overall approach to tragedy appears not as a rigid position, but rather emerges through a number of transformations in the course of his productive life, and sheds new light on several celebrated texts by Hölderlin, such as his ‘Remarks on Oedipus’ and ‘Remarks on Antigone.’” — Theodore D. George, author of Tragedies of Spirit: Tracing Finitude in Hegel’s Phenomenology

Véronique M. Fóti is Professor of Philosophy at Penn State at University Park and the author of Vision’s Invisibles: Philosophical Explorations, also published by SUNY Press, and Heidegger and the Poets: Poiesis/Sophia/Techne.




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Table of Contents

Prefatory Note
Prologue

1. The Tragic Turning and Tragic Paradigm in Philosophy

2. Communing with the Pure Elements: The First Two Versions of The Death of Empedocles

3. Singularity and Reconciliation: The Third Version of The Death of Empedocles

4. Between Hölderlin’s Empedocles and Empedocles of Akragas

5. The Faithless Turning: Hölderlin’s Reading of Oedipus Tyrannos

6. Dys-Limitation and the “Patriotic Turning”: Sophocles’s Antigone

7. From an Agonistic of Powers to a Homecoming: Heidegger, Hölderlin, and Sophocles

Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index of Persons 
Index of Topics



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