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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.
Public Domain (P)2013 Naxos AudioBooks
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By Juan Malo on 02-05-18

The Apollonian vs The Dionysian

I truly love this first and perhaps last of all of Nietzsche’s “books” which is not aphoristic! Herein, lie many seeds of thought that Nietzsche went on, to not only negate as a result of his early philosophical immaturity, but to expound and further develop. His preface which was written many years after in 1886, explains his more enlightened view, which is that one must learn the Art of Metaphysical Consolidation. That deeply tragic thought is better superseded by laughing, singing, dancing and a Dionysian and life affirming perspective. If you love Nietzsche’s writing, and this as example of it at its most innocent beginning, you will be impressed with this most exceptional and excellently delivered audiobook. The Preface, which concludes this performance, is well worth the price alone. This is highly recommended for those familiar with Nietzsche’s later writings, but that is not a necessity, for there many gems of wisdom contained within this bold and brilliant work.

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By Ronald on 09-21-15

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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