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’’... is it hunger or superabundance that has here become creative?’’: Nietzsche on Creativity in Art and Life
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy.
2004 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Art and the artistic are concepts Friedrich Nietzsche uses in a narrow sense regarding works of art and in a broader sense concerning our lives. He thereby attempts to vitalise the philosophical theme that links life and art. In this dissertation, I suggest that he distinguishes between life-negation and life-affirmation, concerning both the narrow and broader sense of art and the artistic.

I firstly approach life-negation and life-affirmation in Nietzsche’s images of life. This part is arranged chronologically and its aim is to present a theme of life-negation and life-affirmation in Nietzsche’s writings and to acknowledge some changes that occur during his production. I consider the Apollonian, the Dionysian and the Socratic type of life and creativity and compare the metaphysical life-affirmation in The Birth of Tragedy with the will to life in Arthur Schopenhauer’s work. I also turn to later images related to life-negation and life-affirmation without the metaphysical perspective from his early thought, for example, the free and the fettered spirit. I moreover address the physiological will to power in Nietzsche’s later writings, in relation to the question of metaphysics and art.

I secondly analyse Nietzsche’s notion of art and the artistic in a narrow and a broader sense in association with the theme of a two-fold type of life. This part is arranged thematically and I focus on Nietzsche’s later thought. His emphasis on the perspective of production is demarcated from the aesthetic paradigm that emphasises the reception of art. I then consider Nietzsche’s writings on works of art and the broader sense of art in association with life-negation and life-affirmation. Finally, I compare Nietzsche’s life-affirming type of existence with some contemporary views on the aestheticization of our lives. I suggest that the life-affirming artistic type of being differs in some significant senses from the proposed contemporary aestheticization processes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Filosofiska institutionen , 2004. , 258 p.
Keyword [en]
Aesthetics, Nietzsche, Aesthetics, Art, the Artistic, Aestheticism, Aestheticization, Creativity, Life, Schopenhauer, Shusterman, Welsch
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-4755OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-4755DiVA: diva2:165637
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2005-01-15, Lärosal IV, Universitetshuset, Uppsala, 10:15
Available from: 2004-12-16 Created: 2004-12-16Bibliographically approved

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