(in full The Birth of Tragedy from the Spirit of Music) Book by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, first published in 1872 as Die Geburt der Tragodie aus dem Geiste der Musik. A speculative rather than exegetical work, The Birth of Tragedy examines the origins and development of poetry, specifically Greek tragedy. Nietzsche argues that Greek tragedy arose out of the fusion of what he termed Apollonian and Dionysian elements--the former representing measure, restraint, harmony, and the latter unbridled passion--and that Socratic rationalism and optimism spelled the death of Greek tragedy. The final part of the book is a rhapsody on the rebirth of tragedy from the spirit of Wagner's music. Greeted by stony silence at first, the book became the object of heated controversy for those who mistook it for a conventional work of classical scholarship. It remains a classic in the history of aesthetics. -- The Merriam-Webster Encylopedia of Literature
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German
Incredibly well written and thought out. Easily one of my favorite philosophers. Book is in great shape, fast shippingPublished 1 month ago by Justin Olmos
One is surprised to find that the only one-star review of this book was posted a few weeks ago. I have read this book many times, since 1998 as well as every other book Nietzsche... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Christopher Gontar
It is 1 man building his ego by critical analytics of Socrates and other historic men...Ill of the dead. Poor in heart.Published 5 months ago by Skullmirror
Let's keep it real..This book is BORING
Actually watching Grass grow is a hell of a lot more fun then reading this garbage.
An essential balance to Wagnerism and Wagnerites. From a man who knew him intimately. Also a top notch mind. But also fascinating if read as the fury of a jilted lover.Published 6 months ago by J. Kelleher
Absolutely one of my favorite books. A look into the origins of the ascetic idealPublished 6 months ago by Thomas C.
One of my favorite philosophy related books and possible my all time favorite of Nietzsche. A short book yet lengthy in terms of what Nietzsche discusses in each part. Read morePublished 7 months ago by VanEzzania