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.

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appears [erscheint] as something like a persistent weakness of the Will. The more dissolute the Will, the more all crumbles into individual pieces; the more self-willed the development of the individuum, the weaker the organism that it serves. In this state, something like a sentimental motion of the Will at once erupts, a "creature sigh" for what is lost-from out of the greatest pleasure12 sounds [tont] the cry of deepest dismay, the yearning wail of an irreparable loss. Voluptuous nature

incorporate its other m an ifestation [Erscheinungsform ] , the Dionysian Will. The struggle between these two manifestations of Will had an extraordinary aim: to create a h i g h e r p o s s i b i 1 i t y o f e x i s t e n c e and, also, to arrive in this at a still h i g h e r g l o r i f i c a t i o n (through art) . No longer the art of seeming [Kunst des Scheins], but rather tragic art was the form of this glorification; in it, however, that art of seeming is entirely absorbed. Apollo and

Apollonian seeming or emphasis on beautiful appearance works as a sort ofsecondary appearing of a world that itself comes into being not as substance, but only ever as "mere" appearance. It is Dionysian intoxication that comes closest to grasping the insubstantive primary appearing that is all that world is. Schein also alludes to propriety or good form, which allows us to immediately understand a ''figure" or Gestalt (29); it is Schein that enables us to apprehend " figures" instantly and

vision of the Will's pain-bliss connection is related to that Will's being "eternally suffering and contradictory" (KSA 1.38). This suffering Will, the inessential essence of nature, "needs the rapturous vision, pleasurable seeming, for its continuous relief " (KSA 1.38). We are "wholly captured by and 17 comprised of this seeming," which we are compelled to apprehend as "empirical reality," in other words, as "that which is truly not, an ongoing becoming in time, space, and causality" (KSA

Roger Kamien characterizes dissonance as "an unstable tone combination ... its tension demands an onward motion to a stable chord. Thus dissonant chords are 'active'; traditionally they have been considered harsh and have expressed pain, grief, and conflict" (41). Nietzsche's genius is to recognize in that pain, grief, and conflict a "primordial joy" (BT24.141). 24 THE DIONYS IAN VISION OF THE WORLD 1. The Greeks, who in their gods at once declare and conceal the secret doctrine of their

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