The Birth of Tragedy Out of the Spirit of Music

  • by Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Narrated by Duncan Steen
  • 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One of Nietzsche’s earliest works, The Birth of Tragedy (1872) is a remarkable source of inspiration. It is here that the philosopher expresses his frustration with the contemporary world and urges man to embrace Dionysian energy once more. He refutes European culture since the time of Socrates, arguing that it is one-sidedly Apollonian and prevents man from living in optimistic harmony with the sufferings of life.
It is argued that the healthier culture can be perceived in the traditions of ancient Greece as the spectators of the tragic plays experienced Dionysus and Apollo in perfect harmony. However, Nietzsche has great faith in the human soul and presents a laudatory portrayal of Wagner, contending that his artistic spirit is the savior of Europe; Wagner’s music has sown the seeds for a period of liberating rebirth.

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mindblowing structure. outstanding 19th century ps

mindblowing structure outstanding psychology from 19th century and workmanlike reading.Nietzsche stimulates and provides insight. to foundations of Western civilization with attention to Eastern influences.
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- Ronald

Not the Best of N, Still Good, More N. Please!!!

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I have read almost all of Nietzsche works and this, being one of his earliest isn't the best of his philosophical pieces. However Human all too Human was amazing however, which was written after he did this, still quite early in N's unfortunately relatively short writing career. The Birth of Tragedy Out of the Spirit of Music addresses aesthetics more. Wagner liked it. But I'm not Wagner. It isn't that I don't like this book, it's just that if you are going to put this geniuses books onto audio please make sure to put his best. I really would like to see all of Nietzsche's works on Audible in English. I would buy them all. I see there is a version of The Antichrist in Spanish, but I think it is abridged. Abridging Nietzsche is a turn off. Abridging any book is for me. However with Nietzsche it is important that his often misquoted sayings are in the proper context to be fully understood, which means leaving it unabridged! To end, I plead for more books by Nietzsche on audible.

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- philly

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-07-2013
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks