The Tragic Education

By |2019-06-06T12:30:57-05:00June 22nd, 2016|Categories: Education, Quotation, Richard Weaver, Tragedy|

Perhaps there is nothing in the world as truly educative as tragedy. When you have known it, you’ve known the worst, and probably also you have had a glimpse of the mystery of things. And if this is so, we may infer that there is nothing which educates or matures a man or a people [...]

The Tragic South

By |2020-05-26T15:31:23-05:00May 20th, 2016|Categories: Civil War, Joseph Pearce, South, Tragedy|

The tragedy is that the South’s tragic flaw—its defense of slavery—led to the defeat of its just demand for states’ rights and the consequent rise of the Federal Government, so that the original concept of the nation has been entirely lost. Recently, whilst staying with friends in Dickson, Tennessee, I came across an article in [...]

Is “Anna Karenina” the Russian “Republic”?

By |2016-08-28T09:21:52-05:00April 19th, 2016|Categories: Books, Featured, Great Books, Philosophy, Plato, Tragedy, Wyoming Catholic College|

In Plato’s Republic, we find that there is one ‘natural’ or ‘healthy’ state based on justice, one kind of healthy, just soul, but there are many degenerate forms of state and soul (Rep.,445c). Because justice is the state of balance and virtue in which a soul, or a state, lives according to the Good, according to [...]

Reading the Signs of the Times Without Surrender

By |2019-09-05T11:55:07-05:00September 10th, 2015|Categories: Art, Christopher Morrissey, Culture, Great Books, Tragedy|

René Girard’s mimetic theory has described how mimesis leads to collective violence. His readings of Greek and Shakespearean tragedy argue that tragedy reveals the origins of violent mimesis in its own mimetic representations. In tragedy, the dramatic representation becomes definitively “tragic” (thereby shaping our subsequent meaning of the word) because what is represented is that [...]

Hans Urs von Balthasar & the Dramatic Project of Theology

By |2020-08-11T16:46:12-05:00September 2nd, 2015|Categories: Christopher Morrissey, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Tragedy|

Hans Urs von Balthasar believed that tragedies that feature the death of the hero—the sacrificial crisis of the innocent victim—reflect the fullest dramatic meaning of the Passion of Christ: In these stories, good violence is needed in order to make the bad violence go away. Hans Urs von Balthasar, in Volume IV (The Action) of [...]

Aspects of Tragedy: Ancient and Modern

By |2019-06-27T12:48:27-05:00July 12th, 2014|Categories: Classics, Featured, George A. Panichas, Great Books, Greek Epic Poetry, Tragedy|Tags: |

In the ancient world the perimeters of tragic vision and experience were clearly established and recognized. One could be quite clear as to the meaning of tragedy and the manifestations of tragic experience and tragic heroism. One could readily comprehend the noble stature and the transcendent realm of tragedy. One could, in short, measure oneself [...]

The Tragic Conservative

By |2019-06-13T11:31:04-05:00December 19th, 2013|Categories: Christianity, Conservatism, Tragedy|

Earlier this year, Yuval Levin spoke eloquently on the centrality of gratitude in conservatism. “Conservatives,” he said, “tend to begin from gratitude for what is good … and then strive to build on it.” Surely he is on to something, and his vision of a warm conservatism is heartening. And yet if we plumb the [...]

Breaking Bad: A Contemporary Tragedy

By |2016-07-06T15:13:34-05:00August 13th, 2013|Categories: Television, Tragedy|

The final eight episodes of Breaking Bad have come and gone. If you didn’t follow the series, you missed what many media critics called the best show on television and one of the best of all time. Perhaps so. For many, it has been a five year guilty pleasure. The writing is quite good, and characters [...]

“Poetry” as Political Concern: Aristotelian Tragedy

By |2019-11-08T16:01:20-06:00May 24th, 2013|Categories: Aristotle, Classics, Daniel McInerny, Philosophy, Tragedy|

Greek tragedy grew up and was cultivated within the context of religious festival, but these play-festivals of Dionysus, as Paul Cartledge has written in The Cambridge Companion to Greek Tragedy, “served further as a device for defining Athenian civic identity…exploring and confirming but also questioning what it was to be a citizen of a democracy.” [...]

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