The Death of Empedocles: Friedrich Hölderlin: Der Tod des Empedokles (The Death of Empedocles), the first version of which he nearly completed; fragments. Hölderlin, Friedrich, – [Tod des Empedokles. English]. The death of Empedocles: a mourning-play / Friedrich Hölderlin ; translated with introduction. Hölderlin’s poem about Empedocles is, to say the least, quite unusual. Yet it sets already the stage for what became a key theatrical piece. For the third fragment.

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That act alone draws the borders of what vanishes once war over dominates the lives of people. And if when still acting as if alone, autonomous and ready to decide according to the free will, then fate or hubris shall set in especially when certain things are not heeded.

As made explicit at the conference about ‘ Europe performing ‘ held at Toronto University in and organized by Pia Kleber, the interesting question exits how these changes have manifested themselves in theatre? It is best guided by one crucial cultural value, namely that of consistency. At the same time, there could be experienced at daily level the sharp contrast of two ideological different systems as exemplified by West and East Berlin. In turn, it confirms the suspicion of most that power only corrupts or a delegation to the top means if not a sudden death, then such a negative change in character that there is no longer any continuity worthwhile to speak of in reference to the goals shared originally by all.

For instance, Heidegger claims only a leader is prepared to take risks while common people shy away from responsibilities.

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La morte come strumento per ritornare alla vita autentica. Since Fascism had distorted these identification sources, such a text was in need to be liberated from the historical building which had collapsed in Much later and long after holderli wall had come down the film ‘In the Life of the Others’ attempts to reconstruct a bit of that different atmosphere prevailing when the Stasi was still watching. Linked to the latter is how things can be justified by laying claim to cultural heritage.


At that time I was visiting merely a good friend of mine, namely Christine Holste.

At that time, West Germany and West Berlin as show case of the West were empedoclles on neutralizing political and ethical demands linked to confronting the war crimes and what had led to Hitler. Or to put it differently, amazing was to see how old continuities knew how to assert themselves in a new context.

Always there is a danger that the past and the future conspire together against the present, or as Sartre would put it not knowing one’s future goals would make it impossible to live in the present.


Again Klaus Heinrich at the Institute for Science of Religion of the Free University of Berlin warned his students after having completed a holdeflin year colloquium about Fascism following conclusion: Yet is one thing to understand thoughts taken from one cultural sphere and transported into another, and still another to go to the Pergamon Museum in Berlin and see the locked in cultural heritage of the past as a reminder of what Klaus Heinrich emppedocles the imperial collection.

Its function is to keep the balance even, to ward off the inevitable tragedy, and to safeguard the working of the heavenly laws.

The development of empathy for others is not a given fact. Habermas had named that as posing the false alternatives.

Rather than listening to holdeflin fears and being careful in whom they give support, they end up risking giving too much power to one person. Una Natura capace di sintesi tra divino e logos.

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It was back then an awesome feeling when I read and heard simultaneously these lines being spoken hollderlin the actors on stage. He seems to suggest, however, if you don’t behold your luck, faith will not help.

That is an outstanding testimony hloderlin times which tend to forget what holds us back is more to be valued then what prompts us to seek fame elsewhere, in the far strechted and foreign world. Outstanding was his affinity and love for Ancient Greece. It is difficult at times to share such a special audience with others.


As the writing progressed, it became more and more an epic poem. His having become sick or mentally being unable to take care of himself, can be illuminated upon by reading Michel Foucault’s ‘history of insanity’.

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The demand to be ‘politically correct’ has a history. Ofter a lot is read into something being performed especially if people in the audience feel this something is missing in real life.

And like all preoccupied minds with other things, not all were welcome or a pleasant surprise to see them holdrelin the doorstop. People waiting for a word from the great man reminded strongly of Nietzsche’s ‘Thus spoke Zarathustra’. Constantin rated it it was amazing Aug 03, Tapping into this imaginary power is still an art and has to be free if to become something going beyond the narrow confines of daily life.

What is written in dust is equal to what has been left behind once the armies have moved on after they have devasted the city. Spyros Mercouris wonders out loud when thinking how Germany was helped after the war by the Marshall Plan to reconstruct its economy, why not the same applies to a country like Greece? Instead of glorification of heroship, he suggests that things can be understood as well the other way around! We had studied together ‘political iconography’ under Reinhard Kosseleck at Heideldberg Smpedocles in