The Wisdom of Silenus: Suffering in The Birth of Tragedy

  title={The Wisdom of Silenus: Suffering in The Birth of Tragedy},
  author={Katie Brennan},
  journal={The Journal of Nietzsche Studies},
  pages={174 - 193}
  • Katie Brennan
  • Published 5 December 2018
  • Psychology, Art, Philosophy
  • The Journal of Nietzsche Studies
Abstract:This article discusses Nietzsche’s response in The Birth of Tragedy (BT) to what he calls the wisdom of Silenus, that “the very best thing is utterly beyond your reach: not to have been born, not to be, to be nothing. However, the second best thing for you is to die soon.” I begin by analyzing the view that Silenus expresses a proto-Schopenhauerian truth about the world as “Will.” I then review Bernard Reginster’s interpretation of the wisdom of Silenus as an early form of Nietzschean… 
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