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Nietzsche is among the most vital smooth philosophers and his writings at the nature of artwork are among the main influential of the 19th and 20th centuries. This GuideBook introduces and assesses:

* Nietzsche's lifestyles and the heritage to his writings on artwork
* the information and texts of his works which give a contribution to paintings, together with The Birth of Tragedy, Human, All Too Human and Thus Spoke Zarathustra
* Nietzsche's carrying on with value to philosophy and modern thought.

This GuideBook may be crucial studying for all scholars coming to Nietzsche for the 1st time.

Part of the Routledge Philosophy Guidebooks series.

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The phenomenal] world. A painter without hands who wished to express in song the picture before his mind would, by means of this substitution of spheres, still reveal more about the essence of things than does the empirical world. (Nietzsche, TL 86–87) We might distinguish three main sorts of thought in this passage: first, a thought about the ordinary perception of objects as somehow to be understood ‘artistically’; second, a thought about the unavailability of a ‘criterion of correct perception’; and third, a thought about an ‘intermediate sphere’ that makes it possible for perception to get at the world at all.

And ‘ecstatic intoxication’, surely, is just right here, pre-eminently so. Utterly absorbed in the other person, the ordinary limits of feeling seem swiftly transgressed, and something larger, more intense, more extreme moves centre-stage. Nietzsche’s favourite work of Wagner’s was Tristan und Isolde, its central characters exemplary of the power of sexual love. 9 The two have overcome, or feel themselves to have overcome, their numerical distinctness, and have merged and been sublimated into a force greater than either of them.

In place of the unashamed and passionate advocacy of The Birth of Tragedy, here we have a writer who is determined to be disinterested, critical, ironical, aloof. In one sense, however, Nietzsche’s preoccupations have not changed. Just as much as in The Birth of Tragedy, his driving concern remains the possibility of a postChristian regeneration of culture, of new ways of living now that God is dead. The difference – and it’s a big difference – is simply that Nietzsche no longer has a Wagnerian blue-print to offer.

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