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    Nietzsche’s illusion

    Gemes, Ken and Sykes, C. (2014) Nietzsche’s illusion. In: Came, D. (ed.) Nietzsche on Art and Life. Oxford University Press, pp. 80-106. ISBN 9780199545964.

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    It is sometimes claimed that Nietzsche’s primary focus was the problem of suffering. Against this, the central contention of this chapter is that Nietzsche’s focus was on the existential lack of meaning, which he took to be particular apposite to modern times. Thus, in contrast to Schopenhauer, for Nietzsche suffering as such was never the fundamental objection to life. The authors locate this position in the third essay of the Genealogy where Nietzsche remarks that ‘the meaninglessness of suffering, not suffering itself, was the curse thus far stretched over humanity’ (GM, III, 28), and argue that this is also the position of Nietzsche’s first published work, The Birth of Tragedy. The continuity between the early and later Nietzsche’s view is thus constituted in the import he gives to the question of meaning.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Wagner, art, illusion, myth, tragedy
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Philosophy
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2020 13:51
    Last Modified: 28 Jul 2020 09:44


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