Nietzsche’s Artistic Ideal of Europe: The Birth of Tragedy in the Spirit of Richard Wagner’s Centenary Beethoven-essay

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Abstract

In the literature, very little notion has been given to Nietzsche’s artistic view of Europe, although his concern for Europe was preponderantly with European culture and art. Moreover, whereas studies concerning Nietzsche and Europe generally focus on Nietzsche’s later works, especially from Thus Spoke Zarathustra onwards, I concentrate on Nietzsche’s cultural ideal for Europe as it comes to the fore in The Birth of Tragedy. I therefore concentrate on the relationship between Nietzsche’s (musical) aesthetics and his philosophy of culture while interrogating his view of Europe. Of this aesthetics and philosophy of culture, Wagner was an important source and centre. Therefore, I examine in more detail the artistic ideal for Europe upheld jointly by Nietzsche and Wagner, and the ‚cultural war‘ (‚Kulturkampf‘) they embarked together.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNietzscheforschung 14-2007
Subtitle of host publicationJahrbuch der Nietzschegesellschaft
EditorsRenate Reschke
PublisherAkademie Verlag
Pages91-116
Number of pages26
Volume14
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Prange, M. (2007). Nietzsche’s Artistic Ideal of Europe: The Birth of Tragedy in the Spirit of Richard Wagner’s Centenary Beethoven-essay. In R. Reschke (Ed.), Nietzscheforschung 14-2007: Jahrbuch der Nietzschegesellschaft (Vol. 14, pp. 91-116). Akademie Verlag.