Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Challenge of NietzscheHow to Approach His Thought$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jeremy Fortier

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226679396

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226679426.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 12 June 2021

The Promise of Self-Transformation in The Case of Wagner

The Promise of Self-Transformation in The Case of Wagner

(p.69) Chapter Three The Promise of Self-Transformation in The Case of Wagner
The Challenge of Nietzsche

Jeremy Fortier

University of Chicago Press

One of the most important themes of Nietzsche’s entire body of work is love. However, his treatment of that theme shifts over the course of his career: in some places, he writes in inspiring language about love as a motive of genuine self-transcendence, and his literary creation Zarathustra speaks of it as a motive to be acted upon wholeheartedly; in other places, Nietzsche writes in debunking terms about love as a deluding force that conceals a more fundamental selfishness, and he sometimes presents it as a temptation to be resisted. This chapter brings to light the complexities of Nietzsche’s position by looking closely at his remarks on the dramatic depictions of the phenomenon of love in the operas of Bizet and Wagner. The analysis shows that Bizet’s heroine Carmen articulates a manner of loving that comes closest to Nietzsche’s ultimate goal, amor fati (love of fate). By the same token, Nietzsche shows that lesser forms of love must still be appreciated as essential aspects of human experience.

Keywords:   love, Bizet, Carmen, Wagner, amor fati

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.