A Philosophy of Tragedy

2016.06.24 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Christopher Hamilton, A Philosophy of Tragedy, Reaktion, 2016, 174pp., $22.50 (pbk), ISBN 9781780235899. Reviewed by Richard
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2016.06.24 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Christopher Hamilton, A Philosophy of Tragedy, Reaktion, 2016, 174pp., $22.50 (pbk), ISBN 9781780235899. Reviewed by Richard Eldridge, Swarthmore College This is a curious book: humane, decent, gracefully written, and full of learning, but not exactly a contribution to a distinct domain of academic research. As Hamilton emphasizes, it is more an informed meditation on or gesture toward the difficulties of self-knowledge and of comprehensive moral and political knowledge and achievement than it is an argument from putatively undisputed premises that seeks to convince anyone of the truth of its central claims in relation to an academic Fach. In many respects, it resembles Hamilton's earlier How to Deal with Adversity (2014) and Middle Age (2014), though it is somewhat darker in tone. Its main theme is the omnipresence of both suffering and dissatisfaction in human life; its central aim is "to capture. . .

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