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Nietzsche and the Greeks: Identity, Politics, and Tragedy

Giacomo Gambino
Polity
Vol. 28, No. 4 (Summer, 1996), pp. 415-444
DOI: 10.2307/3235340
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3235340
Page Count: 30
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Nietzsche and the Greeks: Identity, Politics, and Tragedy
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Abstract

In The Birth of Tragedy and his other early writings on the Greeks, Nietzsche was working toward a conception of politics based on articulation of the paradoxes underlying the human quest for identity in a radically temporal existence. In Nietzsche's view, tragedy provided a form of political education helping maintain the agonistic principle by pointing toward a balance between creation of stable identities and appreciation of the full diversity of life.

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