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Meta-ethical and Liberatory Dimensions of Tragedy: A Schutzean Portrait

  • Lewis R. Gordon
Part of the Contributions to Phenomenology book series (CTPH, volume 31)

Abstract

Tragedy is an ideal typification of a number of aesthetic mixed types. This ideal mixture affords a correlated mixture in the antisocial world of colonialism and neo-colonialism. Investigated from a tragic perspective, the meta-ethical question of the relevance of ethics emerges, which decenters ethical discourse in such a world. Schutz’s phenomenological sociology offers important conceptual tools with which to articulate some radical dimensions of this meta-ethical turn — e.g., the call for an egalitarian everyday world with room for nonideological understanding of mundane and extraordinary experience.

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Ideal Typification Phenomenological Investigation Sociological Aspect Political Thinker Radical Spirit 
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  • Lewis R. Gordon
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  1. 1.Brown UniversityUSA

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