I don’t think there’s any question that Nietzsche was captivated by art (including music of course…he was HUGE fan of Wagner until they got mad at each other and quit talking). He spent a lot of time thinking about why art and music are such an integral part of our humanity.
I was curious if anyone had thoughts on this:
From Standford University’s Encyclopedia of Philosophy:
Freidrich Neitzsche: Section 3.2.4
…In Nietzsche’s presentations, the value of art and artistry routinely stands in opposition to the value of truthfulness—we are supposed to need art to save us from the truth (see Ridley 2007a, Landy 2002). Significantly, the opposition here is not just the one emphasized in The Birth of Tragedy —that the substantive truth about the world might be disturbing enough to demand some artistic salve that helps us cope. Nietzsche raises a more specific worry about the deleterious effects of the virtue of honesty—about the will to truth, rather than what is true—and artistry is wheeled in to alleviate them, as well:
- If we had not welcomed the arts and invented this kind of cult of the untrue, then the realization of general untruth and mendaciousness that now comes to us through science—the realization that delusion and error are conditions of human knowledge and sensation—would be utterly unbearable. Honesty would lead to nausea and suicide. But now there is a counterforce against our honesty that helps us to avoid such consequences: art as the good will to appearance. ( GS 107)
2007a, Nietzsche on Art , London: Routledge.
Gardner, Sebastian, 2009, “Nietzsche, the Self, and the Disunity of Philosophical Reason”, in Gemes and May 2009: 1–31. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231560.003.0001