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Nietzsche’s Response To Schopenhauer’s Philosophy Essay

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In order to understand Schopenhauer’s philosophy, one must understand the concept of the will. Schopenhauer seems to describe the will as a blind force of our feelings, our thoughts, and our perception. The only way we see the world is through the will. We are limited because we only see our representation of it through the will, not the actual reality, the thing in of itself. For this reason the world is will, our will, and it has desires. These desires are insatiable, so life becomes defined by suffering. Suffering, however, is only our representation. The world in of itself, aside from our representation, has no suffering. Schopenhauer says the only way to escape the will, which is ...view middle of the document...

For the first time, art (Apollo) was combined with nature (Dionysus); order was combined with chaos in the form of a tragedy. People could observe the Apollonian aspect and then see the Dionysian aspect influence that aspect. It was a metaphor, in Schopenhauer terms, of art bringing out that pure knowledge, the contemplation. People were seeing our representation of the world, our will, interacting with the world in of itself, order with chaos. This contemplation, in observing tragedy, allowed the Greeks during that time to escape suffering until Socrates introduced reason.
The introduction of reason by Socrates is Nietzsche’s response to Schopenhauer’s distinction between pure knowledge and ordinary knowledge. Pure knowledge was attained by tragedy, the fusion of Apollonian and Dionysian allowing contemplation. Ordinary knowledge, which Schopenhauer refers to as a product of the will, killed tragedy in the form of reason by removing the Dionysian aspect. Without the Dionysian aspect knowledge was limited because that contemplative state could never be achieved. Because of reason, introduced by Socrates as Nietzsche says, the art that was created in the future sought to explain life too much. People only began to see our representation of the world. In Schopenhauerian terms, they gained only the...

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