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[427W-{9-12/49} The Artwork of the Future: PW Vol. I, p. 82-83]

[P. 82] {FEUER} “Thought is … the faculty possessed by Man, not merely to sense the actual and physical from its external aspect, but to distinguish all its parts according to their essence, and finally to grasp and picture to himself their intimate connection. The idea (‘Begriff’) of a thing is the image formed in Thought of its actual substance; the portrayal of the images of all discernible substances in one joint-image, in which the faculty of Thought presents to itself the picture of the essence of all realities in their connected sequence, is the work of the highest energy of the human soul, -- the Spirit [P.83] (‘Geist’). If in this joint-image man must necessarily have included the image, the idea, of his own being also, -- nay, if this his own prefigured being must be, before all else, the artistic force that pictures forth the whole conceptual art-work: then does this force, with all its joint portrayal of each reality, proceed alone from the real, physical man; and that, at bottom , from his life-need, and finally from that which summoned forth this life-need, the physical reality of Nature. But where thought casts aside this linking cable; where, after doubled and again redoubled presentment of itself, it fain would look upon itself as its original cause; where Mind (‘Geist’) instead of as the last and most conditioned, would conceive itself as the first and least conditioned energy (‘Thatigkeit’), and therefore as the ground and cause of Nature, -- there also is the fly-wheel of Necessity upheaved, and blind Caprice runs headlong – free, boundless, and unfettered, as our metaphysicians fancy – through the workshops of the brain, and hurls herself, a raging stream of madness, upon the world of actuality.” [427W-{9-12/49} The Artwork of the Future: PW Vol. I, p. 82-83]

 

[428W-{9-12/49} The Artwork of the Future: PW Vol. I, p. 83]

[P. 83] {FEUER} If Mind has manufactured Nature, if Thought has made the Actual, if the Philosopher comes before the Man: then Nature, Actuality and Man are no more necessary, and their existence is not only superfluous but even harmful; for the greatest superfluity of all is the lagging of the Incomplete and once the Complete has come to being. [428W-{9-12/49} The Artwork of the Future: PW Vol. I, p. 83]

 

[429W-{9-12/49} The Artwork of the Future: PW Vol. I, p. 90]

[P. 90] {FEUER} “The Art-work is the living presentation of Religion; -- but religions spring not from the artist’s brain; their only origin is from the Folk.” [429W-{9-12/49} The Artwork of the Future: PW Vol. I, p. 90]

 

[430W-{9-12/49} The Artwork of the Future: PW Vol. I, p. 91]

[P. 91] {FEUER} “Man’s nature is twofold, an outer and an inner. The senses to which he offers himself as a subject for Art, are those of Vision and of Hearing: to the eye appeals the outer man, the inner to the ear.(…) … the more distinctly can the outer man express the inner, the higher does he show his rank as an artistic being.

{FEUER} But the inner man can only find direct communication through the ear, and that by means of his voice’s Tone. Tone is the immediate utterance of feeling and has its physical seat

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