Tragedy and History in Reinhold Niebuhr's Thought

  title={Tragedy and History in Reinhold Niebuhr's Thought},
  author={K. Hussain},
  journal={American Journal of Theology & Philosophy},
  pages={147 - 159}
  • K. Hussain
  • Published 2010
  • Philosophy
  • American Journal of Theology & Philosophy
  • Reinhold Niebuhr begins an essay he wrote for The Nation in 1938 by not ing that "one of the recurring motifs of Greek tragedy is the hero's deeper involvement in his own fate through his very efforts to extricate himself from it."1 Niebuhr calls this "abundant proof of the profound insight [of the Greek dramatists] into human tragedy" and suggests that "they were [in fact] not writing melodrama but were interpreting history."2 The essay was occasioned by Niebuhr's deep distaste for the… CONTINUE READING
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