The Dionysian Vision of the World
Friedrich Nietzsche, Ira J. Allen
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In this early work, Nietzsche explores the Dionysian ideal and worldview which would come to be central in The Birth of Tragedy.
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presentation [ begleitende Vorstellu ng] -that tone symbolizes. All that we could claim to be characteristic of the various sensations of displeasure are images of the presentations that become legible through the symbolism of gesture as, for example, when we speak of a sudden shock, of the "throbbing, straining, wincing, sticking tearing biting 53 thrill" of pain.31 With this, certain of the Will's "forms of intermittence" seem to be revealed: put briefly-in the symbolism of the language of
that we cannot help but regard as reality (KSA 1. 39), is the weapon with which they guarded themselves. This battle takes place against their own sense of the phenomenal world [Erscheinungswelt], away from which the Dionysian vision draws the veil. As we have seen, in the Heraclitean configuration adopted by Nietzsche, the D ionysian vision of the world is more direct. This is an intoxicated but clear-eyed vision of radical becoming, of "everlasting and incessant coming-to-be and passing away"
well-suited to re-present-underscores the text's musical quality. Ihe Dionysian Vision of the World must be at once both about music and itself musical. viii INTRODUCTION by Friedrich Ulfers In The Dionysian Vision of the World, Nietzsche lays out an understanding of the becoming1 of the world as an aesthetic process, an understanding that will run through all his later philosophy. In all the writings leading up to and including The Birth of Tragedy, there is always a reference to some
Roger Kamien characterizes dissonance as "an unstable tone combination ... its tension demands an onward motion to a stable chord. Thus dissonant chords are 'active'; traditionally they have been considered harsh and have expressed pain, grief, and conflict" (41). Nietzsche's genius is to recognize in that pain, grief, and conflict a "primordial joy" (BT24.141). 24 THE DIONYS IAN VISION OF THE WORLD 1. The Greeks, who in their gods at once declare and conceal the secret doctrine of their