Truth in Context: Nietzsche's Affirmation of Tragic Morality

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This paper discusses research on Friedrich Nietzsche's affirmation of tragic morality.

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Heister, Luke & Yaffe, Martin D. April 14, 2011.


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This paper discusses research on Friedrich Nietzsche's affirmation of tragic morality.

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Abstract: In "Ancient Tragedy and the Origins of Modern Science," Michael Davis states that the “beauty of tragedy is its presentation of the moral necessity of chance” (3). The work of Friedrich Nietzsche, using metaphor and ambiguous, paradoxical language, can be decoded as a discussion regarding the human desire for, yet inability to reach, autonomy. Nietzsche, though flirting at times with the realization of establishing human autonomy, ultimately affirms the kind of morality relative to the ancient tragedian’s worldview. Nietzsche develops this intellectual discussion through the means of conceptual thought experiments and an analysis of mythical archetypes.

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  • Publication Title: The Eagle Feather
  • Volume: 8
  • Issue: 2011
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Heister, Luke & Yaffe, Martin D. Truth in Context: Nietzsche's Affirmation of Tragic Morality, paper, April 14, 2011; [Denton, Texas]. ( accessed April 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library,; crediting UNT Honors College.