Julian Young's The Philosophies of Richard Wagner PDF

By Julian Young

ISBN-10: 0739199927

ISBN-13: 9780739199923

ISBN-10: 0739199943

ISBN-13: 9780739199947

In addition to being a good composer, Richard Wagner used to be additionally a massive thinker. Julian younger starts by way of interpreting the philosophy of artwork and society Wagner constructs in the course of his time as a progressive anarchist-communist. Modernity, Wagner argued, is to be rescued from its present anomie during the rebirth of Greek tragedy (the unique Gesamtkunstwerk) within the type of the “artwork of the future," an art of which his personal operas are the prototype.

Young then examines the completely diversified philosophy Wagner constructs after his 1854 conversion from Hegelian optimism to Schopenhauerian pessimism. “Redemption” now turns into, no longer a destiny utopia during this global, yet really “transfigured” lifestyles in one other international, possible in basic terms via loss of life. Viewing Wagner’s operas throughout the lens of his philosophy, the e-book deals frequently novel interpretations of Lohengrin, The Ring cycle, Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger, and Parsifal.

Finally, younger clothes the reason for Friedrich Nietzsche’s transformation from Wagner’s intimate good friend and disciple into his so much savage critic. Nietzsche’s primary accusation, it really is argued, is one among betrayal: that Wagner betrayed his early, “life putting forward” philosophy of artwork and lifestyles in want of “life-denial." Nietzsche’s statement and the ultimate end of the publication is that our activity, now, is to “become greater Wagnerians than Wagner.”

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