The Birth of Tragedy by Friedrich Nietzsche

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Read The Birth of Tragedy Online Free - A compelling argument for the necessity for art in life, Nietzsche's first book is fuelled by his enthusiasms for Greek tragedy, for the philosophy of Schopenhauer and for the music of Wagner, to whom this work was dedicated. Nietzsche outlined a distinction between its two central forces: the Apolline, representing beauty and order, and the Dionysiac, a primal or ecstatic reaction to the sublime. He believed the combination of these states produced the highest forms of music and tragic drama, which not only reveal the truth about suffering in life, but also provide a consolation for it. Impassioned and exhilarating in its conviction, The Birth of Tragedy has become a key text in European culture and in literary criticism.



Title : The Birth of Tragedy
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ISBN : 0140433392
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 160 pages


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Glenn rated it ★★★★★

November 26, 2016

With his vivid, passionate language, 19th century German philosopher Fredrich Nietzsche wrote his books as a way to pry open a space in a reader’s psyche, a space empowering an individual to embark on a journey of inner exploration. This is precisely why I think any attempt, no matter how well in...


Riku rated it ★★★★★

October 13, 2015

Apollo Vs Dionysus: A Darwinian Drama Nietzsche never struck me as a real philosopher. He was too much the story-teller. This is probably his most a-philosophical (?) work. But it is my favorite. It was the most accessible to me and it was the most relevant of his works. It helped me form my own co...


Roy rated it ★★★★☆

June 02, 2016

A few weeks ago, I finished Marx’s Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right. It strikes me now that that book and this one are similar, in that they shed light on the two thinkers as young men. In Marx’s Critique, we see the twenty-something grappling with the tentacled beast of Hegel; in The Birt...


Florencia rated it ★★★★☆

November 16, 2013

Nietzsche. Years ago, all I knew about him was that overused quote that says “Without music, life would be a mistake”. A couple of days ago, I found a funny picture that reminded of that. Ha! Ok, maybe not funny ha-ha. If you speak Spanish... Anyway. The Birth of Tragedy, Nietzsche's first work. I...


Jonathan rated it ★★★★★

April 08, 2014

The Birth of Tragedy is by far the better written and useful of the three works by Friedrich Nietzsche that I have so far read. Thus proving that when he is not angrily ranting about religion and morality, that Nietzsche does have important points to make about humanity. That is not to say that N...


Brian rated it ★★★★★

November 26, 2016

Before Nietzsche became unhinged he wrote this great work. It took a toll on me after I read it because it was my introduction to Nietzsche and everything of his that I read afterwards was miscued; it scattered my thought process for a few years. The Joyful Wisdom, filled with remarkable poetry,...


Matthew rated it ★★★★★

October 27, 2012

‘Only as an aesthetic phenomenon that existence and the world are eternally justified.’ In The Birth of Tragedy, Nietzsche’s first book, he describes what he believes are the two central forces in art and how they merged to form Greek tragedy. The two forces are the Dionysian and the Apolline. T...


Bruce rated it ★★★☆☆

June 29, 2010

This is less a review than ponderings and comments after having finished the book. Could it legitimately be argued that, as in Western culture individualism is increasingly valued, the necessity for Dionysian communal frenzy becomes increasingly imperative for psychological wholeness? Hence, for e...


Art rated it ★★★★★

February 14, 2011

The author, who certainly knew his Greek history, argues that early classical Greek tragedies (i.e. written by Aeschylus and Sophocles) demonstrated an heroic effort to understand and affirm human suffering and existence in a meaningless world. Greek culture was a blend between the Apollonian and...


Stephen rated it ★★★☆☆

August 02, 2012

Recipe for "The Birth of Tragedy": 1. Add one part speculative psychological inquiry into the deepest recesses of Hellenic consciousness. 2. Stir in some rousing and thought-provoking anti-Socratic and anti-Euripidean invective. 3. Season with a pinch of ecstatically Dionysiac rhetoric. 4. If necessa...





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