For over a century, Richard Wagner’s music has been the subject of intense debate among philosophers, many of whom have attacked its ideological—some say racist and reactionary—underpinnings. In this major new work,Alain Badiou, radical philosopher and keen Wagner enthusiast, offers a detailed reading of the critical responses to the composer’s work, which include Adorno’s writings on the composer and Wagner’s recuperation by Nazism as well as more recent readings by Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe and others. Slavoj Zizek provides an afterword, and both philosophers make a passionate case for re-examining the relevance of Wagner to the contemporary world.
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About the Author
Slavoj iek is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. He is a professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His books include Living in the End Times, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, In Defense of Lost Causes, four volumes of the Essential iek, and many more.
Table of Contents
Lesson 1 Contemporary Philosophy and the Question of Wagner: The Anti-Wagnerian Position of Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe 1
Lesson 2 Adorno's Negative Dialectics 27
Lesson 3 Wagner as a Philosophical Question 55
Lesson 4 Reopening 'The Case of Wagner' 75
Lesson 5 The Enigma of Parsifal 135
Afterword Wagner, Anti-Semitism and 'German Ideology' 161