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- DescriptionModernity between Wagner and Nietzsche analyzes the operas and writings of Wagner in order to prove that the ideas on which they are based contradict and falsify the values that are fundamental to modernity. This book also analyzes the ideas that are central to the philosophy of Nietzsche, demonstrating that the values on the basis of which he breaks with Wagner and repudiates their common mentor, Schopenhauer, are those fundamental to modernity. Brayton Polka makes use of the critical distinction that Kierkegaard draws between Christianity and Christendom. Christianity represents what Nietzsche calls the faith that is presupposed in unconditionally willing the truth in saying yes to life. Christendom, in contrast, represents the bad faith of nihilism in saying to life. Polka then shows that Wagner, in following Schopenhauer, represents Christendom with the demonstration in his operas that life is thing but death and death is thing but life. In other words, the purpose of the will for Wagner is to annihilate the will, since it is only in and through death that human beings are liberated from life as willfully sinful. Nietzsche, in contrast, is consistent with the biblical concept that existence is created from thing, from thing that is t made in the image of God, that any claim that the will can will t to will is contradictory and hence false. For t to will is, in truth, still to will thing. There is then, Nietzsche shows, escape from the will. Either human beings will the truth in saying yes to life as created from thing, or in truly willing thing, they say to life in worshiping the God of Christendom who is dead.
- Author BiographyBrayton Polka is professor emeritus of humanities and social and political thought at York University.
- Author(s)Brayton Polka
- PublisherLexington Books
- Date of Publication06/01/2015
- SubjectMusic & Dance
- Series TitleGraven Images
- Place of PublicationLanham, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintLexington Books
- Weight458 g
- Width163 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine20 mm
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