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Case of Wagner / Nietzsche Contra Wagner / Selected Aphorisms

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In "Case of Wagner / Nietzsche Contra Wagner / Selected Aphorisms," Friedrich Nietzsche offers a sharp critique of the composer Richard Wagner, a former friend turned rival. Through a series of essays and aphorisms, Nietzsche delves into Wagner's art and persona, highlighting what he perceives as Wagner's negative influences on society and culture. Nietzsche's writing is incisive and thought-provoking, challenging readers to question the role of art and morality.

The essays in this book reveal Nietzsche's deep-seated disagreements with Wagner, particularly regarding the latter's glorification of emotions and aesthetics over reason and logic. Nietzsche also explores the concept of the "√úbermensch" or Superman, a central theme in his philosophy that contrasts sharply with Wagner's ideas.

In addition to his critiques of Wagner, Nietzsche's selected aphorisms showcase his profound insights on a variety of topics, from ethics and morality to human nature and the nature of existence. Each aphorism is crafted with precision, inviting readers to reflect on the complexities of life and the human experience.

Overall, "Case of Wagner / Nietzsche Contra Wagner / Selected Aphorisms" is a powerful and illuminating read that sheds light on Nietzsche's unique perspective on art, morality, and the human condition. Whether one agrees or disagrees with Nietzsche's views on Wagner, this book is sure to provoke meaningful discussions and deep introspection.

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A collection of three of Nietzsche's writings concerning the music of Wagner. In particular, he relates Wagner's music as degenerate, unrefined and unintelligent and relates it to a gradually degenerating German culture and society. The translator provides a detailed introduction.

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