If Christian ethics are poison to Nietzsche's higher types -- what about conventional aesthetics, is that a poison to them? Eliot, writing in 1928 (in the preface to the 2nd edition of The Scared Wood), claims that

poetry as [sic] certainly has something to do with morals, and with religion, and even with politics perhaps, though we cannot to say what

Auden, before moving to America in 1939 (when commonly thought to enter a new phase of his writing) claimed that the essential tension, in poetry, was the that between "moral seriousness" and amoral "poetic artifice" (see the beginning of Auden's Poetic Art), and "never gave up" moral education as an impulse toward his art.

So that's two important writers who link poetry and morality, and after the great "anti-social" (Peter Nicholls -- Modernisms: a literary guide) French poets of the 19th century.

As the SEP points out, concerning Kant

some commentators take the demand for universal validity made by a judgment of beauty to amount to a moral demand, so that Kant's argument for the universal validity of such judgments depends on an appeal to morality. A more common view, however, is to see judgments of beauty not as grounded in morality, but rather, along with judgments of the sublime, as contributing to an account of moral feeling, and hence of how morality is possible for human beings

So I got wondering how the relation between morality and aesthetics plays out in interpretations of Nietzsche -- whose ideal has been described as "the artist tyrant" (Will to Power, 504). Specifically, can aesthetics be poison to Nietzsche's higher types, like Christian morality is, it seems?

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  • Why do you think it might be? What in particular are you reading or studying that's made this an interesting or important problem in your study of philosophy? – Joseph Weissman Apr 6 '17 at 23:56
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    @JosephWeissman i would, politely, suggest that you know there's no clear cut answer from google, so don't like the question. well, who am i to ask for a cute essay? – user25714 Apr 7 '17 at 0:32
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    not at all sure why this would be "too broad" @JosephWeissman it asks a very specific question – user25714 Apr 23 '17 at 8:09
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    Is there any chance you could sharpen the question a little bit? What exactly would you like someone to briefly explain here? --Asking for "how does morality v aesthetics play out in secondary literature on N" is a little broad for our remit -- is there any chance you could indicate what specifically you're looking for an explanation about? (Maybe this is close to a reference request for specific secondary literature on this question?) – Joseph Weissman Apr 23 '17 at 14:10
  • @JosephWeissman did you miss the title, which asks for something specific. i'll repeat it... – user25714 Apr 23 '17 at 17:31