The Dionysian Vision of the World

The Dionysian Vision of the World

Friedrich Nietzsche, Ira J. Allen

Language: English

Pages: 83

ISBN: 193756102X

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In this early work, Nietzsche explores the Dionysian ideal and worldview which would come to be central in The Birth of Tragedy.














celebrates its Saturnalia and its wakes simultaneously. The affects of its priests are intermingled in the most wondrous fashion: pain awakens pleasure, jubilation tears agonized tones [ Tone] from the breast. The god ho lysios has delivered everything from himself, transformed everything. The song and countenance of the masses aroused in this manner, through whom nature gained voice and movement, was for the Homeric-Greek world something entirely new and unheard-of; it was for this world

surrender its immortal claims, its sovereign demands. Seeming is no longer enjoyed at all as s e e m i n g , but rather as s y m b o I as sign of truth. Hence the consolidation-inherently offensive-of artistic media. The clearest evidence of this disdain for seeming is the m a s k . , The Dionysian demand is thus made of the onlooker: that he imagine everything enchanted, that he see always more than the symbol, that the entire visible world of the scene and orchestra b e the r e a I m o f w o n

connecĀ­ tion between divine justice and human happiness, while Sophocles declares the sublimity of a necessity almost more than divine in the rigid impersonality with which it distributes happy and unhappy fates. 27. As Karl Jaspers notes in Nietzsche: Einfuhrung in das Verstiindnis seines Philosophierens, by the time of Thus Spoke Zarathustra, "Unlike the saint ... NiĀ­ etzsche would remain in the world and serve the actually human ... it is to him reprehensible that saints 'wished to flee into a

linguistic and historical-philosophical linkages discussed in endnotes. Finally, it bears mention that I have followed N ietzsche's own typographic preference (preserved in Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari's Kritische Studienausgabe edition of the text, from which this translation has benefited): marking emphasis by spacing, rather than italicization. Given Nietzsche's commitment to tonos, literally a stretching (see notes 8, 9 and 34), this spacing-which Univocal Publishing is uniquely

another task-to keep us in the business of living on by helping hold the disgust of Silenus at bay even as we move through it. What Nietzsche is leading up to here is that Dionysian wisdom, aside from laying bare the immoderation of nature's Will, also generates its own "seeming." In other words, the Dionysian Will and the Apollonian are both involved in the production of "seeming." As Nietzsche puts it, "All that is actual gives way to seeming [Schein] and behind it is announced the unitary

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