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The Joy of PhilosophyThinking Thin versus the Passionate Life$
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Robert C. Solomon

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195165401

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195165403.001.0001

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The Tragic Sense of Life

The Tragic Sense of Life

(p.114) 5 The Tragic Sense of Life
The Joy of Philosophy

Robert C. Solomon

Oxford University Press

The concept of the tragic sense of life has dropped out of contemporary sensibility, but tragedy, of course, continues. We deny tragedy by blaming, often the victim. The problem is traced back to St Augustine's “Problem of Evil” that challenges the goodness and power of God in the face of apparently meaningless human suffering. The search for meaning is the ultimate problem of tragedy. Fate and fatalism are attempts to give meaning to the world, to see the world in a certain kind of order, and to give it a meaning.

Keywords:   Augustine, blame, character, evil, fatalism, fate, God, gratitude, luck, problem of evil, tragedy, tragic sense of life

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