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THE WORLD AS A WORK OF ART
By Karsten Harries; Karsten Harries is a professor of philosophy at Yale University. Published: January 19, 1986
NIETZSCHE Life as Literature. By Alexander Nehamas. 261 pp. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press. $17.50.
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The second theme of Mr. Nehamas's interpretation is Nietzsche's estheticism. Nietzsche is said to look at the world as if it were a work of art (more precisely a literary text), at persons and things as if they were characters or entities in some work of fiction, at our relationship to the world as if it were textual interpretation. This literary model lets Mr. Nehamas present Nietzsche's ''will to power'' (often understood as a theory about nature) as an act of interpretation that gives definite shape to an indeterminate world. It also provides him with a key to understanding Nietzsche's doctrine of the eternal recurrence, which offers ''not a theory of the world but a view of the ideal life.'' That ideal celebrates the person able to affirm all he has done and to re-create himself as the hero of a narrative that, in its perfection, lets us experience every detail as inevitable. For Mr. Nehamas, a good example of the self-creator is the narrator of Proust's ''Remembrance of Things Past.'' Not that the life of this narrator was ever Nietzsche's own ideal. ''But,'' says Mr. Nehamas, ''the framework supplied by this perfect novel which
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Dies at 92 1 0.com relates what. willing power. What’s This? | Don’t Show Following an 8-year-old to Atlantis ALSO IN TRAVEL » 36 hours in Raleigh. And so is to trade adequacy to the many different strands of Nietzsche's texts for esthetic coherence.body. life and reality . a redemption that would overcome every estheticism.NYTimes.com © 2014 The New York Times Company Site Map Privacy Your Ad Choices Advertise Terms of Sale Terms of Service Work With Us RSS Help Contact Us Site Feedback http://www.html 2/2 .'' BUT this conclusion puts into question Nietzsche's. exemplify the perfect instance of his ideal character.10/3/2014 THE WORLD AS A WORK OF ART .C. in exquisitely elaborate detail. but we must also hear his call for a redemption from the spirit of revenge. despite and even through its very imperfections. what's this? Ads by Google A Donde Vivir Perú Buscador gratuito de departamentos. More Than 1 5 Minutes Log in to discover more articles based on w hat you‘ve read. ''Nietzsche's texts therefore do not describe but. Nehamas's.000 inmuebles www. What is the relationship between ''the miserable little man'' Nietzsche was and ''the magnificent character'' he created? Does the creation of the latter rest on a triumphant affirmation of the former? Doesn't it presuppose quite the opposite. Encuentra más de 10. Nietzsche strove for and achieved. For the Infamous. becomes and is seen to be a perfect life. This struggle renders the German philosopher's texts profoundly ambiguous. N. is the best possible model for the eternal recurrence. But just because it runs this risk. Sheila MacRae. we must find the strength to accept ourselves as we are.nytimes. Nehamas concludes. as well as Mr. FACEBOOK TWITTER GOOGLE+ EMAIL SHARE 8. To trade even a miserable life for the grandest delusion is to strike a questionable bargain.com/1986/01/19/books/the-world-as-a-work-of-art. And this character is none other than the character these very texts constitute: Nietzsche himself. esthetic view of things. V ideo: Who Will Win Best Picture? 9.'' a rejection of all that binds us into time . Mr. to redeem ourselves in Nietzsche's sense.'' Such perfection.adondevivir. a need to escape from life into art? And isn't that escape itself a manifestation of what Nietzsche's Zarathustra calls ''the spirit of revenge. vulnerable and mortal. Wife in ’60s ‘Honey mooners’ Sketches. yet lacking power. this unusually engaging book demands our attention. Ore.in favor of their reflections in the mirror of art? To overcome the spirit of revenge. There is no denying Nietzsche's estheticism. and which keeps turning endlessly back upon itself. Shops and sweets in Portland. We should not forget his sad end when we admire ''the magnificent character'' emerging through the books he wrote.