Nietzsche's philosophy - at once revolutionary, erudite and deep - reaches into all spheres of the arts. Well into a second century of influence, the profundity of his ideas and the complexity of his writings still determine Nietzsche's power to engage his readers. His first book, "The Birth of Tragedy", presents us with a lively inquiry into the existential meaning of Greek tragedy. We are confronted with the idea that the awful truth of our existence can be revealed through tragic art, whereby our relationship to the world transfigures from pessimistic despair into sublime elation and affirmation. It is a landmark text in his oeuvre and remains an important book both for newcomers to Nietzsche and those wishing to enrich their appreciation of his mature writings. "Nietzsche and The Birth of Tragedy" provides a clear account of the text and explores the philosophical, literary and historical influences bearing upon it. Each chapter examines part of the text, explaining the ideas presented and assessing relevant scholarly points of interpretation. The book will be an invaluable guide to readers in Philosophy, Literary Studies and Classics coming to "The Birth of Tragedy" for the first time.
Preface Acknowledgements List of Abbreviated References 1. Nietzsche and the Influences on The Birth of Tragedy 2. Dionysos and Apollo in Dialectic (xx1 - 6) 3. The Tragic Moment (xx7 - 10) 4. The Decline and Death of Greek Tragedy (xx11 - 15) 5. Modernity and the Rebirth of Tragedy (xx16 - 25) 6. Appraising The Birth of Tragedy: Nietzsche in his Later Writings Nietzsche's Life and Works Guide to Further Reading