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Nietzsche's metaphysics in the birth of tragedy.

This paper analyzes the metaphysical assumptions underlying the Birth of Tragedy. First, it argues against previous interpretations (in particular J. Young's) that reading the text from a strict Schopenhauerian perspective makes it impossible (a) to construe the Apollonian and the Dionysian without contradiction and (b) to understand the redemptive function attributed to art by the Birth. Second, the paper offers a reconstruction of Nietzsche's inchoate Artisten Metaphysik which allows for both. Finally, it examines the status of this metaphysics. Against the widely spread view that Nietzsche cannot have been serious about it, that it must be seen as a myth and ultimately discarded, the paper argues that Nietzsche was serious about this metaphysics precisely insofar as he saw and offered it as a myth, a claim which is grounded in a reexamination of the relation between knowledge, myth and metaphysical truth in Nietzsche's early work.
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Title Annotation:PHILOSOPHICAL ABSTRACTS; Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
Author:Hanspile, Beatrice
Publication:The Review of Metaphysics
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 1, 2006
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