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The birth of tragedy ([New ed.])

By: Nietzsche, Friedrich Smith, Douglas (Lecturer in French, Lecturer in French, University College, Dublin)(Edited and translated by)

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0199540144 / 9780199540143
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20 cm xliii, 173 p.
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Reprint. This ed. originally published: 2000.

'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 which underlies 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 complacentrationalism of late nineteenth-century German culture and makes an impassioned plea for the regenerative potential of the 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 whichare still of concern today.

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