Jan 10, 2013

Video Series on Nietzsche's Birth of Tragedy

I'm starting filming today on a new sequence of videos on an important work by Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals -- and they should be rolling out during the next week or so.  Last fall, I tackled one of his much earlier works, The Birth of Tragedy Out of the Spirit of Music, shooting a four video sequence on it, and following up some of the themes with several blog entries over in Orexis Dianoētikē.

Quite a few scholarly readers of Nietzsche seem rather dismissive of his study -- even Nietzsche himself to a certain extent, in his retrospective review years later  -- seemingly regarding it as an unsuccessful freshman effort.  I don't share their perspective, since to me, many of the key preoccupations of his thought are brought up and examined -- true, not to the extent found in his later, more mature works. . .  but they are, after all, later works.  I'd also point out that, as far as cultural influence, outside of philosophy proper, the opposition articulated in the Birth of Tragedy between the Apollonian and Dionysian is of major significance, just as important, I would argue as motifs like the "death of God" or the "overman."

I have a few other pieces to write in the series, but here are the Orexis Dianoētikē essays published so far:

And, here is the 4-part video series:

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