How should we live if we believe that human life is vulnerable to misery and death, while we cannot rely on gods to do right by us?
Professor Paul Woodruff develops the concept of "tragic ethics" in order to answer this question. The philosophy of Plato repudiates Greek tragic poetry as supporting beliefs in impulsive and shameless gods, and in doing so turns away from virtues like compassion, reverence, and good judgment, which often show favorably in tragic poetry.
Paul Woodruff is a philosopher and dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. He is one of America's foremost interpreters of Plato, Thucydides, and other Greek thinkers from the ancient world, and he is also a veteran of the Vietnam war.