Nietzsche, Mann and Gide: On the Transition from a Socratic Realm of Reason to a Harmful Dionysian Whirl

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Friedrich Nietzsche's philosophies can surely be related to the lives of ordinary people, and we may all fall into a harmful Dionysian whirl where the instincts prevail. In this article, I argue that the protagonists of Thomas Mann‘s "Death in Venice" and André Gide’s "The Immoralist" both undergo a transition from a Socratic realm of reason to a Dionysian whirl. A connection to the moderating Apollonian realm could have been to their benefit and saved them from their failures.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhilosophical Writings
Volume44
Issue1
Publication statusPublished - 11 Feb 2015
Externally publishedYes

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