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Gratitude to Beautiful Objects: On Nietzsche's Claim That the Beautiful "Promises Happiness"

Gratitude to Beautiful Objects: On Nietzsche's Claim That the Beautiful "Promises Happiness" <p>Abstract:</p><p>Nietzsche suggests that part of what it is to experience something as beautiful is to experience it as beneficial in the highest degree. He defends this claim by suggesting that it alone captures the experience of beauty typical of artists. I argue that this is best understood as pointing to an explanatory argument: Nietzsche takes his view to make sense of an effect beautiful objects have on artists. This effect is, I suggest, gratitude. Beautiful objects inspire feelings of gratitude within artists, moving them to create works of art celebrating those objects as a form of thanksgiving. Insofar as gratitude is typically generated by objects viewed as beneficial, Nietzsche&apos;s view of beauty is well-positioned to explain this effect.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Nietzsche Studies Penn State University Press

Gratitude to Beautiful Objects: On Nietzsche&apos;s Claim That the Beautiful "Promises Happiness"

The Journal of Nietzsche Studies , Volume 51 (2) – Nov 23, 2020

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Abstract

<p>Abstract:</p><p>Nietzsche suggests that part of what it is to experience something as beautiful is to experience it as beneficial in the highest degree. He defends this claim by suggesting that it alone captures the experience of beauty typical of artists. I argue that this is best understood as pointing to an explanatory argument: Nietzsche takes his view to make sense of an effect beautiful objects have on artists. This effect is, I suggest, gratitude. Beautiful objects inspire feelings of gratitude within artists, moving them to create works of art celebrating those objects as a form of thanksgiving. Insofar as gratitude is typically generated by objects viewed as beneficial, Nietzsche&apos;s view of beauty is well-positioned to explain this effect.</p>

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The Journal of Nietzsche StudiesPenn State University Press

Published: Nov 23, 2020

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