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.

Members £7 / Non-Members £15


Derek Williams
21/6 Guthrie Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JG
Telephone:  0131 2411 804  Mobile:  0785 760 2004


John Anderton
2 Glenlockart Road, Edinburgh, EH10 5RG
Telephone:  0131 447 1645


Peter Stuart
1C Pendreich Road, Bridge of Allan, Stirling, FK9 4PZ
Telephone:  0178 683 3804

Membership Secretary

Ian McLennan
6 Merchiston Place Edinburgh EH10 4NR
Telephone:  0131 623 2920          

Newsletter Editor

Maureen McLennan
6 Merchiston Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4NR
Telephone:  0131 623 2920  Mobile:  0790 256 3232