Analiza i Egzystencja (Jan 2017)

Zapomniany światopogląd tragiczny

  • Katarzyna Szkaradnik

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 37


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This paper aims to comprehensively describe the category of tragic, which is dislodged from the mind of present western world’s human. The authoress analyses that odium’s causes, but first of all, with regard to various thinkers, she tries to bring out the essence of tragic viewpoint, often represented in a simplified way as a synonym of pessimism and martyrdom. In the article problems of the tragic are considered in context of the tragedy as dramatic species, human relation to the fate, characteristics of the tragic hero, the issue of human finiteness, rationalism’s limitations, the matter of transcendence and self-transcendence. Lastly, it is demonstrated that despite the accentuation of individual experience and coping with fate, the tragic viewpoint has the community potential. In conclusion, the openness to “tragic knowledge” is shown as a chance to reinterpret contemporary culture as well as a chance of the integral experience.