06 June 2011


Dr. Roger Scruton introduces Paul Heise’s quest to grasp the conceptual unity of Richard Wagner’s music-drama, The Ring of  the Nibelung, at www.wagnerheim.com, where Mr. Heise has made  it available free so that it can be read in its entirety.  This is an effort to grasp Wagner’s tetralogy as a whole (libretto text, plot,  and music) in the literature. Its central argument is that Wagner’s gigantic tetralogy is an allegory representing the conflict between man’s quest for power through acquisition of objective knowledge, and man’s counter-impulse to affirm his transcendent value in religion, morality, and art.

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