Nietzsche and The Birth of Tragedy by Paul Raimond (review)

Nietzsche and The Birth of Tragedy by Paul Raimond (review) Book Review NIETZSCHE AND THE BIRTH OF TRAGEDY, by Paul Raimond Daniels. Bristol, CT: Acumen, 2013. 256 pp. $28.00, pb. Introduction Friedrich Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy1 is by many measures both his most accessible and his most difficult work. As Michael Tanner notes, [W]hat marks off [The Birth of Tragedy] as sharply different from (almost) everything he wrote afterwards is its initially conventional mode of presentation, that of academic essay. He had no notions at this stage of writing a disruptive work from within the establishment—as so often in his dealings with his contemporaries, he showed himself to be strikingly naïve about what the impact of his work would be.2 Yet beneath that façade of straightforward academic essay resides a complex work requiring an in-­ epth understanding of philosophy, cultural history, and Greek tragedy. Paul Raimond Daniels’s Nietzsche and The Birth of Tragedy seeks to provide an entry point and recontextualization of Nietzsche’s early work by placing the philosopher’s ruminations within a cultural and philosophical context and in relation to his later works. Daniels argues that The Birth of Tragedy, with its theme of twin Apolline and Dionysiac forces, reflects not only what Daniels calls the wider http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Aesthetic Education University of Illinois Press

Nietzsche and The Birth of Tragedy by Paul Raimond (review)

The Journal of Aesthetic Education, Volume 51 (3) – Aug 30, 2017

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Book Review NIETZSCHE AND THE BIRTH OF TRAGEDY, by Paul Raimond Daniels. Bristol, CT: Acumen, 2013. 256 pp. $28.00, pb. Introduction Friedrich Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy1 is by many measures both his most accessible and his most difficult work. As Michael Tanner notes, [W]hat marks off [The Birth of Tragedy] as sharply different from (almost) everything he wrote afterwards is its initially conventional mode of presentation, that of academic essay. He had no notions at this stage of writing a disruptive work from within the establishment—as so often in his dealings with his contemporaries, he showed himself to be strikingly naïve about what the impact of his work would be.2 Yet beneath that façade of straightforward academic essay resides a complex work requiring an in-­ epth understanding of philosophy, cultural history, and Greek tragedy. Paul Raimond Daniels’s Nietzsche and The Birth of Tragedy seeks to provide an entry point and recontextualization of Nietzsche’s early work by placing the philosopher’s ruminations within a cultural and philosophical context and in relation to his later works. Daniels argues that The Birth of Tragedy, with its theme of twin Apolline and Dionysiac forces, reflects not only what Daniels calls the wider

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Published: Aug 30, 2017

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