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The Birth of Tragedy and Other Writings (1999)

by Friedrich Nietzsche

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The Birth of Tragedy is one of the seminal philosophical works of the modern period. Nietzsche's discussion of the nature of culture, of the conditions under which it can flourish and of those under which it will decline, his analysis of the sources of discontent with the modern world, his criticism of rationalism and of traditional morality, his aesthetic theories and his conception of the 'Dionysiac' have had a profound influence on the philosophy, literature, music, and politics of the twentieth century. This edition presents a new translation by Ronald Speirs and an introduction by Raymond Geuss that sets the work in its historical and philosophical context. The volume also includes two essays on related topics that Nietzsche wrote during the same period, and that throw further light on the themes treated in the main text.… (more)

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This book is logically impossible to rate. As Nietzsche's first major writing, The Birth of Tragedy strays from Nietzsche's main ideology he develops later in life. This edition of the book has Nietzsche's second preface to The Birth of Tragedy, "An Attempt at Self-Criticism" in which he criticizes his own writing in The Birth of Tragedy yet defends it as a readable work. This in itself is extraordinarily hard to dissect, since Nietzsche is an unreliable narrator, and has a very self-absorbed persona. There is no question that he things The Birth of Tragedy is poor: at this time in his life he still sees himself as a peer or student of Richard Wagner and Arthur Schopenhauer—this will change.

The other essays included, "The Dionysiac Worldview" and "Truth and Lying in a Non-Moral Sense" are very different from each other, yet are both related to the ideas of The Birth of Tragedy; "The Dionysiac Worldview" can even be seen as a precursor to "The Birth of Tragedy." However, "Truth and Lying in a Non-Moral Sense," itself a short essay, seems characteristically different from the others, as Nietzsche demonstrates greater autonomy in his literate character. This is perhaps more the case, as he is moving away from the Classics, a study which he has forced upon himself to his own detriment. ( )
  MarchingBandMan | Oct 12, 2017 |
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