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date: 19 August 2019

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This article explores Nietzsche’s philosophical aestheticism—the conception of art and the aesthetic as playing a necessary, internal, privileged role in the task of philosophy. It begins with an overview of the discussions of art and the aesthetic in Nietzsche’s writings, focusing on his early theory of tragedy. It then shows how Nietzsche’s position allows itself to be reconstructed as a distinctive and coherent form of philosophical aestheticism. The great importance Nietzsche gives to the aesthetic state is not matched by extensive treatment of art. Instead, he associates the aesthetic state with his own philosophical ideas of will to power and eternal recurrence.

Keywords: art, philosophy, aesthetics, Friedrich Nietzsche

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