I understand perfectly when a musician says today: `I hate Wagner, but I can no longer endure any other music.’ But I also understand a philosopher who would declare: `Wagner sums up modernity. There is no way out, one must first become a Wagnerian.’” I intend to write a brief piece in which I explore several related points:
- That Nietzsche’s claim, that the philosopher needs Wagner, has much merit.
- That a philosopher today needs not only Wagner, but even more Nietzsche.
- That for a person who values faith in the divine and who wants to be thoughtful or philosophical in his or her life, Nietzsche is indispensable.
- That the modern-contemporary soul is especially revealed in the music of Wagner, and in the philosophy of Nietzsche.