Why Cavell's Philosophy Is Useless Against Tragedy

Al Neiman, University of Notre Dame
2003 Philosophy of Education  
Let me begin with the following hypothesis: Philosophy is the child of loss. That is, Platonism begins with the death of Plato's own "father" Socrates. From out of his bereavement, and in response to a tradition of Greek tragedy that would mark loss as unavoidable, Plato created a system of ideas and practice in which the human condition as understood by tragedy could be transcended. According to philosophy, this earthy veil of tears described in fear and trembling by the tragedians, this
more » ... in which (as Socrates is made to point out in the Phaedo (60c)) pleasure and pain, loss and gain, are as inseparable as "two heads attached to the same body," is not the end, is not even real.
doi:10.47925/2003.191 fatcat:fsxusge2mzh5xd47gbsrsy4zsy