Most readers tend to place Nietzsche within the terms of traditional thought, finding that he is fully bound by the tradition he attacks, meaning "by what has now come to be called the language and thought of onto-theology, what Nietzsche himself simply called God" (Allison xi).
In pursuing his view, Nietzsche made a very critical analysis of the German culture of his time in several of his works, beginning with his assessment of history and culture in The Birth of Tragedy. Nietzsche makes a comparison between historical knowledge about past cultures and culture itself. He sees true culture as a unity of the forces of life with the love of form and beauty. Nietzsche considers life as terrible and tragic, but he also views it as transmuted through art, the work of creative genius. Nietzsche discovers the proper role of art in his study of the Greeks, who also knew that life was tragic and terrible but who never gave in to the pessimism that this might entail. Instead, they transmuted life throu