Tragedy in Hegel's Early Theological Writings

2014.09.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Peter Wake, Tragedy in Hegel's Early Theological Writings, Indiana University Press, 2014, 256pp., $60.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2014.09.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Peter Wake, Tragedy in Hegel's Early Theological Writings, Indiana University Press, 2014, 256pp., $60.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780253012517. Reviewed by Robert R. Williams, University of Illinois at Chicago (Emeritus) Another look at Hegel's unpublished Early Theological Writings! Is there anything important that has been left unexamined in these materials? Indeed there is. Wake's focus is on tragedy, a topic conspicuous by its absence in Richard Kroner's otherwise useful introduction to these materials. Tragedy was always interesting to Hegel, and he wrote about it in his 1807 Phenomenology and Lectures on Aesthetics. While there are tragic elements in the ETW -- notably Macbeth's fate and a "Banquo's ghost" theory of retributive punishment -- tragedy is not a topic that has been explored as a unifying theme in the ETW. Wilhelm Dilthey considered the ETW not as Hegel's final views, but nevertheless some of his. . .

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