Finding The Will by Losing One's Self

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In our philosophy of art class we have looked at many different classical views on art and beauty. Such ideals as Plato’s criticisms on art, Aristotle’s idea of exemplary beauty and Plotinus’ splendor were discussed in class, and now we look at different philosophers and their attempt to create a theory that holds true for all previous philosophies and more modern ideals; modern ideals such as taste, aesthetics, and imagination. The philosopher that I think did this very well incorporating not only classical philosophers such as Aristotle and Plato but also modern concepts such as imagination and aesthetics is Nietzsche. Nietzsche’s philosophy on life and on art is deceptively simple. He believes that we are all part of a large will,…show more content…
Coming from a more modern time he was able to look at each of these philosophers and come up with his own philosophy that allows for a little of each of these men’s ideals as well as a little space for his own, and for the modern era from which he comes.
One classical philosopher that has a few ideals in common with Nietzsche is Plato. The theories of Nietzsche’s work with different ideals from Plato, but also have a few snags, or points of disagreement. It is Nietzsche’s view on the plight of human life and losing our congruence with The Will that allows him to agree with some of Plato’s teachings. When working with Plato’s theories on ideal beauty, inspiration, and his criticisms of art and the human condition Nietzsche tends to agree, however the two philosophers’ how and why are inconsistent between the two philosophers’ theories.
For Nietzsche and Plato the human condition is full of lies and misnomers. For Plato this is based off shadows, or illusionary markers that are inconsistent with the truth. This shadows come from the human condition, more importantly our reliance on our senses to learn what is real. Plato believed that what people perceived was just a copy of the original shape or truth, and due to different perceptions between people would never be in true form. Nietzsche on the other hand does not believe that our failings or shadows are based on
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