“Schopenhauer’s Will and Wagner’s Eros” – Lecture with Dr. Peter Kalkavage ~ Thu. 10/13


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Dr. Peter Kalkavage, tutor at St. John’s College, Annapolis MD will present an lecture titled “Schopenhauer’s Will and Wagner’s Eros” in which he discusses Wanger’s opera “Tristan & Isolde” and its influence on German philosophers Schopenhauer and Nietzsche. This special event is co-hosted by the Wagner Society of Washington, DC. In this lecture, Dr. Kalkavage will compare Schopenhauer’s metaphysics of the will and of music in his masterpiece, The World as Will and Representation, and Wagner’s treatment of Eros in Tristan and Isolde. Nietzsche famously called Tristan “the actual opus metaphysicum of all art.” What is the meaning of this pronouncement? In what sense is Wagner’s musical rendition of death-bound love metaphysical? Where do the teaching of Will and the music of Eros meet, and where do they part company? And how might music and Eros reveal each other’s elusive depths? These questions and more will be discussed in Dr. Kalkavage’s talk.  
About Dr. Kalkavage: Tutor and director at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland since 1977, Dr. Peter Kalkavage is the author of The Logic of Desire: An Introduction to Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit among other titles and is the author of musical texts for St. John’s College’s music program.

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