Tragedy and politics
Tragedy is the desire to secure a foundation for political action when no such foundation is possible. Lucien Goldmann's The Hidden God analyses the problem of politics in the absence of knowledge of right action, or in a world where God is turned away. This prefaced many of the poststructuralist critiques of politics and challenges the very possibility of a political science. it also opens up an opportunity for the Humanities to guide politics instead. In a world of increased political fundamentalism this question takes on even more significance. Goldmann's analysis is complemented by Heidegger's treatment of the polis in Sophocles's tragedies.
Keywords: Politics, Tragedy, Goldmann, Heidegger
Dr. Neal Curtis
Senior Lecturer, School of Arts, Communication and Culture, Nottingham Trent University