posted by john on .
My professor asked us this questions.
One has life-like experiences in ones dreams, but is still aware that these experiences are mere appearances and that the reality lies beneath. Nietzsche makes the assumption here that, when dreaming, one is always aware that one is dreaming; those who are entirely caught up in their dreams are not experiencing Apollonian beauty, but rather Dionysian ecstasy.
What is Nietzche saying?
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It is important to understand "Apollonian" and "Dionysian"
Definition of APOLLONIAN
: of, relating to, or resembling the god Apollo
: harmonious, measured, ordered, or balanced in character — compare dionysian
Definition of DIONYSIAN
a : of or relating to Dionysius b : of or relating to the theological writings once mistakenly attributed to Dionysius the Areopagite
a : devoted to the worship of Dionysus b : characteristic of Dionysus or the cult of worship of Dionysus; especially : being of a frenzied or orgiastic character — compare apollonian