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This article looks at the relevance of the literary genre of tragedy to philosophy. It suggests that tragedy matters to philosophy in part because philosophy at its inception attempts to authorize itself by banishing the tragic poets. There is something about tragedy that directly challenges philosophy's original self-understanding and some content or manner of tragedy requires either refutation or acknowledgment that cannot be put aside. This article examines Aristotle's Poetics and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel's Lectures on Fine Art and describes three tragic narratives, Oedipus the King, Hamlet, and the emergent tragic narration of the Holocaust.
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