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Nietzsche's Philosophy of Art

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  • Date Published: January 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521455756

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  • This is the first comprehensive treatment of Nietzsche's philosophy of art to appear in English. Julian Young argues that Nietzsche's thought about art can only be understood in the context of his wider philosophy. In particular, he discusses the dramatic changes in Nietzschean aesthetics against the background of the celebrated themes of the death of God, eternal recurrence, and the idea of the Ubermensch. Young then divides Nietzsche's career, and his philosophy of art, into four distinct phases, but suggests that these phases describe a circle. An attempt at world-affirmation is made in the central phases, but Nietzsche is predominantly influenced at the beginning and end of his career by a Schopenhauerian pessimism. At the beginning and end art is important because it "redeems" us from life.

    • Well received hardback - reviewed in Philosophical Quarterly, British Journal of Aesthetics, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Journal of the History of Philosophy
    • First book on this subject in English, now in paperback
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Young has written a mature piece of scholarship that anchors Nietzsche's philosophy of art in Schopenhauerian pessimism...The author is intimately acquainted with Nietzsche's oeuvre and puts this detailed knowledge of Nietzsche's general philosophy to work in an intriguing, cogent, and comprehensive analysis of Nietzschean aesthetics." Choice

    "...this is a lively and polemical work that anyone interested in aesthetics or Nietzsche (pro or con) ought to experience." Review of Metaphysics

    "...a lucidly presented biography of Nietzsche the aesthetician. Its challenges to longstanding interpretations of Nietzsche's career and its relation to Schopenhauer are well worth careful consideration by both Nietzsche scholars and anyone interested in nineteenth century aesthetic theory." Canadian Philosophical Review

    "Given the centrality of art for Nietzsche it is surprising that Julian Young's book is the first to address its import for Nietzsche's philosophy as a whole. For this reason alone Nietzsche's Philosophy of Art is a welcome addition to the growing literature on Nietzsche in English. More than that, this study contains a comprehensive, yet concise, account of this topic that soberly elucidates and evaluates Nietzsche's shifting arguments and positions." Daniel L. Tate, Review of Metaphysics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521455756
    • length: 188 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.28kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    1. Schopenhauer
    2. The birth of tragedy
    3. Human, all-too-human
    4. The gay science
    5. Twilight of the idols
    Texts and translations

  • Author

    Julian Young, University of Auckland

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