Simon Critchley - Tragedy, the Greeks, and Us

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Monday, April 22, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Calling ancient tragedy “the emergency brake” our relentlessly hurtling culture needs, Critchley, curator of The New York Times philosophy blog, “The Stone,” and author of books on subjects including Shakespeare, soccer, and David Bowie, invites us to slow down and balance our focus on the future by affirming our connection to the past. His new book looks at today’s world through the lens of the ancient Greek tragedies—and vice versa. In both, he shows, we find deeply divided societies, power accruing to the powerful, moral ambiguity, and little mercy. But along with the worst of humanity, we also encounter the best; Greek dramas, poetry, and philosophy offer heartening visions of nobility, heroism, and compassion. Not self-help but a harsh, complex look at ourselves, the classical works were made for times such as our own.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Non Fiction
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$26.95
ISBN: 9781524747947
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Published: Pantheon - April 16th, 2019