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Prometheus Unbound: The Rebirth Of Tragedy Out Of The Spirit Of Technology

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This chapter argues that tragedy still does have something to tell us, and now perhaps even more than during the many centuries that separate us from its historic heyday in the fifth century BC. It first illuminates George Steiner?s thesis about the death of tragedy in Christian and modern culture. The chapter subsequently discusses Aeschylus?s tragic conception of technology by focusing on his Prometheus Bound. Next, it argues, criticizing Die Geburt der Tragödie, why the rebirth of tragedy has not taken place in art, as Nietzsche?s Romantic preoccupation with art led him to hope. The rebirth of tragedy, the chapter finally argues?making a connection with the largely lost sequel Prometheus Unbound?rather takes place in the realm of technology. In postmodern culture, technology has become the true locus of tragedy.

Keywords: Christian culture; Die Geburt der Tragödie; locus of tragedy; modern culture; Prometheus Bound; tragic conception of technology



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