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Nietzsche and the rapture of aesthetic disinterestedness: a response to Heidegger

Nietzsche and the rapture of aesthetic disinterestedness: a response to Heidegger

Urpeth, Jim (2003) Nietzsche and the rapture of aesthetic disinterestedness: a response to Heidegger. In: Martin, Nicholas, (ed.) Nietzsche and the German Tradition. Peter Lang, Bern, Switzerland, pp. 215-236. ISBN 978-3--03910-060-6

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Abstract

Taking Heidegger's prominent critique of Nietzsche's treatment of Kant's notion of 'aesthetic disinterestedness' as a foil this paper argues that, contrary to the dominant interpretation, Nietzsche's text contain a positive and radical notion of 'aesthetic disinterestedness'. It is argued that Nietzsche's (non-reductive)naturalistic notion of aesthetic disinterestedness is a key feature of his conception of art as natural life process that contests the boundaries, values and libidinal constitution of the 'human'. The ramifications of this for Heidegger's reading of Nietzche's aesthetics are considered. The paper reviews Nietzsche's critical treatment of the notion of 'aesthetic disinterestedness' in both "The Birth of Tragedy" and the "Genealogy of Morality" and relates these to his overall vision of the relationship between art and life.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: [1] This essay was originally presented at the 7th Annual Conference of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society, which was held at the University of St Andrews in September 1997.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nietzsche, Heidegger, Kant, Schopenhauer, aesthetic disinterestedness
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Humanities & Social Sciences
School of Humanities & Social Sciences > Department of Social, Political & Cultural Studies
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/8078

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