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date: 14 November 2019

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In The Birth of Tragedy Out of the Spirit of Music (1872), Friedrich Nietzsche refined and intensified his thoughts on the profound problem of pessimism and the tragic. Nearly all of Nietzsche’s work can be read as an evocation and exemplification of Prometheus, a tragic figure in The Birth of Tragedy that breaches the world of humans and gods. This chapter examines the sense of tragedy in The Birth of Tragedy, along with genealogy, the concept of ressentiment, happiness of the last man, eternal return and will to power, creation and negation, and organization.

Keywords: Friedrich Nietzsche, pessimism, Prometheus, tragedy, genealogy, ressentiment, will to power, creation, negation, organization

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