Nietzsche, Tension and the Tragic Disposition
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This thesis examines the role that tension plays in Nietzsche’s recovery of the tragic disposition. This is achieved by examining the ontological structure to the tragic disposition that is present in Nietzsche’s earliest work on the Greeks and then exploring its presence in points of tension found in Nietzsche’s more mature concern with nobility. In pursuing this ontological foundation, the work builds upon recent trends in Nietzsche scholarship that have established the centrality of a naturalist argument derived from the influence of the pre-Platonic Greeks. It is the ontological aspect of the tragic disposition identified in Nietzsche’s earliest interpretations of Greek phusis and the inherent tensions of the chthonic present in this hylemorphic foundation that are examined to demonstrate the importance of the notion of tension to Nietzsche’s recovery of a tragic disposition. By bringing to light the functional importance of tension for the Greeks in the ontological, largely exhumed from his earliest work, varying points of tension can be identified that demonstrate a re-emergence at different aspects in his later work. By examining the role of these aspects, the evolving influence of tension is shown to play a central role in the re-emergence of the noble that possesses the tragic disposition.
Thesis (PhD Doctorate)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
School of Humanities
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Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm, 1844-1900