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Thursday, August 09, 2001

Definitions for agon

  1. A struggle or contest; conflict; especially between the protagonist and antagonist in a literary work.

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Citations for agon
Conflicts about moral claims are part of what it means to be human, and a political ideal stripped of sentimentality and the utopian temptation is one committed to the notion that political life is a permanent agon between clashing, even incompatible goods. Jean Bethke Elshtain, Real Politics
It is the irresolvable love-hate agon between men and women that drives all cultures. Lawrence Osborne, Salon
Origin of agon
1650-1660
Agon comes from Greek agon, "a struggle or contest." It is related to agony.