Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Nietzsche’s Birth of Tragedy: Apollo and Dionysus

'It’s more complicated than just order and chaos...'

Gregory B. Sadler, Ph.D., president of ReasonIO and editor of Stoicism Today, at Rationality Today.

"There is a fundamental — and rightly famous — distinction made from the very start in The Birth of Tragedy, one whose fruitfulness and insight accounts for the work being anthologized so often, and for being read and discussed in a number of fields outside of Philosophy or the History of Ideas: Theater (since it’s about drama, after all!), Art History (because it’s about aesthetics), Literature (since it deals with poetry), Religious Studies (myth is a key issue), Gender Studies (Paglia’s Sexual Personae being an example)... the list could go on. It’s been a broadly influential work. So, what’s the key distinction that captured the attention and imagination of thinkers and theorists in so many fields?"

See Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, in Great Books of the Western World (second edition, 60 Vol., 1990) volume 43

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