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view, however, I have succeeded in demonstrating beyond doubt that in love there lies the possibility of raising oneself about the individual impulse of the will to a point where total mastery over the latter is achieved, and the generic will becomes fully conscious of itself, a consciousness which, at this level, is necessarily synomymous with total pacification.” [664W-{12/1/58}Letter to Mathilde Wesendonck: SLRW, p. 432]


[665W-{12/8/58}Letter to Mathilde Wesendonck: RWLMW, p. 78]

[P. 78] {FEUER} {anti-SCHOP} “In the long run I always hark back to my Schopenhauer, who has led me to the most remarkable trains of thought, as lately indicated, in amendment of some of his imperfections. The theme becomes more interesting to me every day, for it is a question here of explications such a I alone can give, since there never was another man who was poet and musician at once in my sense, and therefore to whom an insight into inner processes has become possible such as could be expected of no other.” [665W-{12/8/58}Letter to Mathilde Wesendonck: RWLMW, p. 78]


[666W-{12/20/58}Letter to Mathilde Wesendonck: SLRW, p. 434]

[P. 434] {FEUER} “A concept cannot cause suffering; but in music every concept turns into a feeling; it consumes and burns till it becomes a bright flame, and the new and wondrous light can laugh out loud!” [666W-{12/20/58}Letter to Mathilde Wesendonck: SLRW, p. 434]


[667W-{1/19/59}Letter to Mathilde Wesendonck: SLRW, p. 441-442]

[P. 441] {anti-FEUER} {SCHOP} “ … whereas the world gets by and is held together solely by dint of experience, the poet’s intuition precedes all experience and, on the basis of his own unique potentiality, comprehends what it is that gives all experience its significance and meaning. If you were a well-practised philosopher, I should refer you to the fact that what we have here is the best possible example of that same phenomenon which alone makes cognition possible, whereby the entire framework of space, time and causality in which the world is represented to us is prefigured in our brain as the latter’s most characteristic functions, so that these conditional qualities of all objects, namely their spatiality, temporality and causality, are already contained within our heads before we recognize these objects, since without them we should have no means of recognizing them at all.

{anti-FEUER} {SCHOP} But what is raised above space, time and causality, and what does not require these expedients for us to recognize it, in other words, what is unconditioned by finality, of which Schiller says so memorably that it is [P. 442] uniquely true because it has never existed; this is something that can never be grasped by any common philosophy, but is prefigured by the poet with that same prefiguredness that lies within him, conditioning all that he creates and enabling him to represent this something with infallible certainty, -- this something, I say, which is more definite and more certain than any other object of our cognition, in spite of the fact that it involves no property of the world as we apprehend it through experience.


{anti-FEUER} The common world, which is entirely subjected to the influence of experience forced upon it from without, and which can grasp nothing that has not been more or less

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