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PHIL 367 - Lecture (Mar. 26th)

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McGill University
PHIL 367
Susan Judith Hoffmann

thMar 26Nietzsche BoTWhat does science has to do with aesthetics Nietzsche argues that the impulse to artthe impulse to createmust be approached scientifically It has to be understood as a physiological and psychological force and could and should be studied scientificallyThese artistic drives Apolline and Dionysiac drives and the Socratic tendency are present in human beings and present in nature itself These drives are objectifications of the Schopenhauerean will It is the interaction of these life forces and drives that produce culture The Dionysian drive is associated with great music and theatre while the Apolline drive is associated with architecture and Homeric epic poetryIf these drives are anthropological then are they scientifically responsible for everything humanity produces Nietzsche says yes including religion Nietzsches entire project is an investigation between knowledge truth and culture He is one of the first to probe the fact that science is a culture that the scientist is not the one that discovers but the one that creates There is no valuefree objective position s
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