Nietzsche, Wagner and the Philosophy of Pessimism

By Roger Hollinrake

© 2010 – Routledge

326 pages

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About the Book

Nietzsche’s relationship with Wagner has long been a source of controversy and has given rise to a number of important studies, including this major breakthrough in Nietzsche scholarship, first published in 1982. In this work Hollinrake contends that the nature and extent of the anti-Wagnerian pastiche and polemic in Thus Spake Zarathustra is arguably the most important factor in the association between the two. Thus Wagner, as the purveyor of a particular brand of Schopenhauerian pessimism, is here revealed as one of the principle sources – and targets – of Zarathustra. Whilst addressed primarily to students of German Literature, this book will also be of interest to musicians, philosophers and students of the history of culture and ideas.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Zarathustra and Der Ring 1. Der Ring des Nibelungen 2. Zarathustra’s Going Down 3. Schopenhauer and Der Ring 4. Two Notes on Der Ring 5. The Convalescent 6. Zarathustra’s Rondelay 7. Zarathustra’s Great Noon 8. Nietzsche’s Affirmation: Summary Part 2: Zarathustra and Parsifal 9. Parsifal 10. Zarathustra’s Temptation 11. The Cry of Distress 12. The Dissolution of the Trinity: Summary

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Rouledge Library Editions: Friedrich Nietzsche

This six volume Routledge Library Edition set is dedicated to the work of key nineteenth-century German thinker, Friedrich Nietzsche, whose huge influence in the field of philosophy continues to be felt to this day.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHI000000
PHILOSOPHY / General
PHI007000
PHILOSOPHY / Free Will & Determinism
PHI008000
PHILOSOPHY / Good & Evil
PHI034000
PHILOSOPHY / Social