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Nietzsche on Art and Life$
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Daniel Came

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199545964

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545964.001.0001

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Nietzsche on Tragedy and Morality

Nietzsche on Tragedy and Morality

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Nietzsche on Art and Life

Christopher C. Raymond

Oxford University Press

This chapter interprets Nietzsche’s account of the value of tragedy as a response to Socrates’ challenge in Book 10 of the Republic: ‘to prove that there’s more to it than mere pleasure—that it is also an agent of cultural health and ‘metaphysical consolation’. According to the author, Nietzsche is the first major figure in the tradition to respond to Socrates by rejecting the terms on which his challenge is set. Tragedy has value, according to Nietzsche, precisely because it does not benefit us in the way Socrates’ challenge demands.

Keywords:   Nietzsche, art, tragedy, morality, Socratism, Schopenhauer

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