In his notes, Nietzsche refers to "the struggle between science and wisdom exhibited in the ancient Greek philosophers". Nietzsche's own view about "science" (learning) was to the effect that, at its best, it should be greatly respected yet always tested by the demands of personal wisdom, an "egotistical" quality which nevertheless transcends self-indulgence. This volume considers the meaning and implications of Nietzsche's belief in relation to philosophy up to the time of Aristotle, and then its bearing on modern (essentially nihilistic) attitudes, to which it supplies something of an antidote. By the author of "Aldous Huxley", "Out of the Maestrom: Psychology and the Novel in the Twentieth Century", "Characters of Women in Narrative Literature", "Ibsen and Shaw", "Nietzsche and Modern Literature: Themes in Yeats, Rilke, Mann and Lawrence", and "Nietzsche and the Spirit of Tragedy".
Acknowledgements - Preface - Knowledge and Wisdom in the Tragic Age - Socrates and Dialectic - Plato's 'Real World' - The Legacy of Euripides - Aristotle's 'Being' and Nietzsche's 'Will to Power' - Ariadne and the Labyrinth - Overcoming the Greeks - Notes and References - Bibliography - Index