Beauty is false, truth ugly: Nietzsche on art and life

Janaway, Christopher (2014) Beauty is false, truth ugly: Nietzsche on art and life. In, Came, Daniel (eds.) Nietzsche on Art and Life. Oxford, GB, Oxford University Press.


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Against the claim that Nietzsche’s early and late views on confronting the truth about human existence differ widely, this article argues that in The Birth of Tragedy tragic art is affirmative of life and not limited to beautifying illusion, while later works still contain the idea that artistic production of beauty is a falsification necessary to make existence bearable for us. Nietzsche did not start with the view that art’s value lies in sheer illusion, nor end with the view that truth should be confronted wholly without illusion, but is ambivalent on this issue throughout.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Philosophy
ePrint ID: 142077
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
2010In press
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2010 11:29
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:18
Nietzsche and Modern Moral Philosophy
Funded by: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AH/E509703/1)
Led by: Christopher Janaway
1 October 2007 to 30 September 2010

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