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Friedrich Nietzsche's contribution to the philosophy of art: A critical examination

Baker, Amy Marie; (1997) Friedrich Nietzsche's contribution to the philosophy of art: A critical examination. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This thesis is an examination of the philosophy of art of Friedrich Nietzsche. Its five chapters correspond to the areas in which I have found his most philosophically rigorous and comprehensive contributions to the field. Within each chapter is an exposition and critique of the development of these contributions. Whilst it is not my aim to make a point by point reduction of the ideas of Nietzsche to those philosophies established before him, given that his philosophy of art is to an important extent either stimulated by, a reaction against, or a conscious augmentation of the theories of Immanuel Kant and Arthur Schopenhauer, an analysis and critique of the philosophical and artistic offerings of these men feature strongly in the relevant chapters. In the first two chapters I explore two general problems in the philosophy of art with which Nietzsche takes issue: the Kantian idea that the pleasure involved in making judgements of taste is disinterested, and the role of artistic form in a characterisation of beauty. But it is in addressing the nature and value of the individual art forms that Nietzsche makes his most convincing contribution to the philosophy of art. In line with his own personal and theoretical concentration, chapters three and four comprise analyses of his philosophies of music and tragic drama. I conclude my project by stepping away from the individual art forms and looking at the metaphysics that informs Nietzsche's motivation for philosophising about art. I confine myself to a single branch of metapkysics - the question of appearance versus reality - and demonstrate that the sophistication of Nietzsche's philosophy of art grows with the development of his understanding of the nature of our existence.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Friedrich Nietzsche's contribution to the philosophy of art: A critical examination
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest.
Keywords: Philosophy, religion and theology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10106160
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