Abstract

Like many of his generation, Robert Musil wrote in the shadow of Nietzsche, and in the spaces between philosophy and literature. Nietzschean ideas about ethics, aesthetics, and selfhood can be found throughout his work. One idea, the dissolution of the subject, was treated not as an invitation to nihilism but as an opening toward a new conception both of the self and of ethics. As Musil explored it, ethics and aesthetics became one. Central to this merging is the idea of essayism, as a way of writing and of living.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-329X
Print ISSN
0190-0013
Pages
pp. A49-A65
Launched on MUSE
2016-03-23
Open Access
No
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