Heine, Wagner, Nietzsche

Friday, 4 December 2015, 4:00pm - 5:30pm, IWM library

From within a broader investigation of the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s relation to the poet Heinrich Heine, Alexander Soros focused in his talk on Nietzsche’s break with the composer Richard Wagner, specifically in relation to Heine. Central here are Wagner’s debt to Heine and condemnation of Judaism as the “evil conscience of modern civilization.” A reconsideration of these fraught relations involves recent finely-grained readings of Wagner’s anti-semitism, Nietzsche’s (anti-)anti-semitism, and Heine’s Jewishness.

Alexander Soros is the founder of the Alexander Soros Foundation, Global Board Member of the Open Society Foundations and Advisory Board Member of Global Witness. Currently, he is guest at the IWM.

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