Tragedy and the Completion of Freedom

  • Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka
Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 18)


(a) There is no more compelling, stimulating, and intimately evocative word in the language of human existence than that of “freedom.” Its use in every facet of human life is evidence that from his birth till his death man continuously claims his right to freedom. We could say that man’s life is a chain of strivings to accomplish that freedom in innumerable ways. I submit that tragedy as an artistic form, in which the deepest concerns of man are brought to life, consists in manifesting precisely his — apparently — “fatal” failure to accomplish it.


Human Condition Human Existence Literary Work Moral Sentiment Moral Commitment 
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  1. 1.
    For the “existential signifiicance of art”, cf. A-T. Tymieniecka, Poetica Nova at the Creative Crucibles, a monograph in Analecta Husserliana, Vol. XII, 1982.Google Scholar
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    Alberto Casella, Le ombre del cuore, in Teatro Italiano Contemporaneo, No. 10, Rome. Casini ed., 1955.Google Scholar
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    Cf. Poetica Nova, op. cit.Google Scholar
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    Cf. A-T. Tymieniecka, ‘Nieboska Komedja — struktura a wizja poetycka’ (‘The Undivine Comedy — Structure versus Poetic Vision’), in Szkice Filozoficzne; Romanowi Ingardenowi w Darze, Krakow, PWN, 1964, pp. 444–470.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka
    • 1
  1. 1.Phenomenological Research and LearningWorld Institute of AdvancedUSA

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