The Birth of Tragedy

Paperback | July 12, 2008

byFriedrich NietzscheTranslated byDOUGLAS Smith

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'Yes, what is Dionysian? - This book provides an answer - "a man who knows" speaks in it, the initiate and disciple of his god.' The Birth of Tragedy (1872) is a book about the origins of Greek tragedy and its relevance to the German culture of its time. For Nietzsche, Greek tragedy is the expression of a culture which has achieved a delicate but powerful balance between Dionysian insight into the chaos and suffering whichunderlies all existence and the discipline and clarity of rational Apollonian form. In order to promote a return to these values, Nietzsche undertakes a critique of the complacent rationalism of late nineteenth-century German culture and makes an impassioned plea for the regenerative potential ofthe music of Wagner. In its wide-ranging discussion of the nature of art, science and religion, Nietzsche's argument raises important questions about the problematic nature of cultural origins which are still of concern today.

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'Yes, what is Dionysian? - This book provides an answer - "a man who knows" speaks in it, the initiate and disciple of his god.' The Birth of Tragedy (1872) is a book about the origins of Greek tragedy and its relevance to the German culture of its time. For Nietzsche, Greek tragedy is the expression of a culture which has achieved a...

Douglas Smith is a Lecturer in French at the University College, Dublin.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.39 inPublished:July 12, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199540144

ISBN - 13:9780199540143

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