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Nietzsche and Schiller: Untimely Aesthetics$
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Nicholas Martin

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198159131

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159131.001.0001

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Conclusion: The Poverty of Aestheticism?

Conclusion: The Poverty of Aestheticism?

(p.188) 6 Conclusion: The Poverty of Aestheticism?
Nietzsche and Schiller: Untimely Aesthetics

Nicholas Martin

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that despite their talk of restoring the whole man, there is little evidence that either Nietzsche or Schiller has clearly envisaged the social and political framework in which the creative activity necessary to restore and sustain man's wholeness could flourish. Their reluctance in this regard is linked to the point made in Chapter 5 concerning their anti-didactic views of art. They argue that it is not the artist's business to indulge in social engineering. Nevertheless, aesthetic theories, especially those on the grand scale like Nietzsche's and Schiller's, neglect social and political realities at their peril.

Keywords:   Nietzsche, Schiller, aesthetic theory, politics, social realities

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