Sunday February 19th 2017 7.30pm
DAVID GOSLING: Wagner and Schopenhauer
Wagner ‘discovered’ Schopenhauer in 1854 and subsequently said that the philosophy of Schopenhauer ‘exercised a decisive influence on the whole course of my life’. This talk provides an introduction to the elements of Schopenhauer’s philosophy that Wagner found attractive and critically examines the extent to which Schopenhauer’s ideas can be found in Wagner’s operas.
Dr David Gosling is a retired educationalist and lecturer in philosophy and a member of the Manchester Wagner Society. In recent years he has united his philosophical interests and his passion for Wagner in this project to investigate the true extent of Schopenhauer’s influence on Wagner’s work.
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