By Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm; Bull, Malcolm; Nietzsche, Friedrich
Nietzsche is still what he desired to be - the limit-philosopher of a modernity that by no means ends. This ebook argues that basically to reject Nietzsche isn't really to flee his trap. His appeals to our hope for victory, our creativity, our very humanity are seductions we won't withstand just by disagreeing with him.
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His was ‘the murderous principle’ which seeks to destroy ‘the essence of tragedy’,108 and although it inspired the Euripidean attempt to write an Apollonian drama, this did not lead to the renewal of tragedy. Dionysian art cannot be assimilated to Socratic philistinism: having abandoned Dionysus, Euripides is abandoned by Apollo, and tragedy dies ‘by suicide, in consequence of an irreconcilable conflict’. And when it is dead, there arises ‘the deep sense of an immense void. ’109 The Open Socrates, sensing the void, begins to practise music.
For Adorno, it is precisely this quality of the aesthetic that is its distinguishing quality. Using the implicitly Nietzschean opposition between (Dionysian) Greek tragedy and the (Apollonian) Greek pantheon to illustrate the point, Adorno argues that the dialectical contradictions within art are the defining characteristic of its utopian promise: ‘The unity of art history is captured by the dialectical notion of determinate negation. 107 Although Nietzsche imagines that the philistine destruction of art will eventually recreate the need for art, philistinism does not function as merely the negative expression of a new form of art.
44 But actual nihilists like Chernyshevsky refused to accept that they were philistines who ‘reject everything . . 45 In Nietzsche, who derived his conception of nihilism from these Russian sources, the differentiation of nihilism from philistinism was taken much further. Although he welcomed the devaluation of all moral values, Nietzsche invested the aesthetic with heightened significance. 47 Yet again, the disappearance of value from one sphere was accompanied by its reappearance in another.
Anti-Nietzsche by Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm; Bull, Malcolm; Nietzsche, Friedrich