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By David Farrell Krell

Krell exhibits that German Idealist and Romantic theories of literature and aesthetic judgment, specially by way of tragedy, are toward the center of metaphysics and ethics than formerly concept.

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Die erste Idee ist natiirlich d[ie] Vorst[ellung] von mir selbst, als einem absolut freien Wesen. Mit dem freyen, selbstbewuBten Wesen tritt zugleich eine ganze Welt--aus dem Nichts hervor-die einzig wahre und gedenkbare Schopfong aus Nichts- an ethics. Inasmuch as the whole of metaphysics will in the future be subsumed under moral philosophy--a matter in which Kant, with his two practical postulates, has merely provided an example, and has exhausted nothing-this ethics will [contain} be nothing other than a complete system of all ideas, or, what comes to the same, of all practical postulates.

S, "Ambiguity and Revers;t\: On th~ Enigmatic Structure of OedipuJ Rex," esp. 113-114. Vern ant goes so t;" as 10 sp"ak or"a purdy operational schema of reversal" or "rule of ambiguous logic" in Sophocles; (kdip"s is Ihl" olltstanding "lIIhodinll"lIt of this Sophocblll schema. 'l'''l'S his "niglllalil' natllrl': his questioning" (VV 1J9). Til E TRAG Ie ABSOLUTE They faiL Their succeeding would make not a better play but a more mendacious one. ). ). "The tragic absolute"? Not if that sounds like an answer.

If only two postulates of practical reason are cited in the system program, that may be because freedom is coterminous with the 27 rH E TRAG Ie Al)SOLUTE practical realm as such-less a postulate than an axiom, albeit an axiom that is lived rather than cognized. 2. Although the language of the Systemprogramm is predominantly Kantian, Hegel (or Schelling or Holderlin) here formulates what will prove to be his (or their) persistent, systematic critique of Kantian reason: Kant splits reason into theory and practice, duty and inclination, law and self-determination, even though he knows that a rational system must be a single system, a monistic system.

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