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Tragedy and Citizenship: Conflict, Reconciliation, and Democracy from Haemon to Hegel Derek W. M. Barker

Tragedy and Citizenship: Conflict, Reconciliation, and Democracy from Haemon to Hegel

Derek W. M. Barker

Published July 1st 2009
ISBN : 9780791476307
Paperback
187 pages
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Tragedy and Citizenship provides a wide-ranging exploration of attitudes toward tragedy and their implications for politics. Derek W. M. Barker reads the history of political thought as a contest between the tragic view of politics that acceptsMoreTragedy and Citizenship provides a wide-ranging exploration of attitudes toward tragedy and their implications for politics. Derek W. M. Barker reads the history of political thought as a contest between the tragic view of politics that accepts conflict and uncertainty, and an optimistic perspective that sees conflict as self-dissolving. Drawing on Aristotle s political thought, alongside a novel reading of the Antigone that centers on Haemon, its most neglected character, Barker provides contemporary democratic theory with a theory of tragedy. He sees Hegel s philosophy of reconciliation as a critical turning point that results in the elimination of citizenship. By linking Hegel s failure to address the tragic dimensions of politics to Richard Rorty, John Rawls, and Judith Butler, Barkeroffers a major reassessment of contemporary political theory and a fresh perspective on the most urgent challenges facing democratic politics.Derek W. M. Barker is a program officer at the Kettering Foundation.