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Nietzsche on Tragedy
Please check your internet connection and refresh the page. You might also try disabling any ad blockers. What's the connection between art and society? He calls these two elements the Apollonian and the Dionysian and gives a whole history of the rise and fall of ancient Greece as seen through their art. They were noble savages, but channeled their savagery in a way that formed what Nietzsche later called master morality.
The Birth of Tragedy
Whereas later, playwrights like Euripides lost touch with the chaotic side, really lost sight of themselves, and this was reflected in Western philosophy and later science from Socrates to the present. Can we stir the pot now to get a re-birth of tragedy in this awesome sense?
Nietzsche was ultimately not optimistic. Read more about it and get the text. If you're interested in that Nietzsche biography mentioned at the beginning of the episode, look here.
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Full text of "The birth of tragedy, or Hellenism and pessimism"
The proper appreciation of such a work requires access to ideas that cross the boundaries of conventional specialisms. This is now provided by M. Silk and J.
Stern in their joint study of Nietzsche's book. They examine in detail its content, style and form; its strange genesis and hybrid status; its biographical background and the controversy engendered by its publication; its value as an account of ancient Greek culture and as a theory of tragedy and music; its relation to other theories of tragedy; and its place in the history of German ideas and in Nietzsche's own philosophical career.
Cambridge University Press.
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