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Mr Ryan Harvey 

Postgraduate Researcher

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Mr Ryan Harvey is a Postgraduate Researcher within Philosophy at the University of Southampton.

B.A. with Honors, University of California, Psychology

A.M., The University of Chicago, Social Sciences

A.M., King's College, London, Philosophy

Research interests

My current research is focused on what role the 19th century German composer Richard Wagner played between the philosophy of Schopenhauer and its influence on Nietzsche.

While Wagner remained ‘true' to Schopenhauer for the remainder of his life, as is evident from his final masterpiece Parsifal, Nietzsche found cause to ‘break' with both Schopenhauer and Wagner, in effect creating a literary duel between the latter which culminated five years after Wagner's death with the publication of Nietzsche's now notorious pamphlet the Case of Wagner.

But what exactly is the case of Wagner? And why did Nietzsche find it so necessary for him to take Wagner on? Finally, what is the ‘enigma of Parsifal'? Nietzsche's accusations of Wagner are anything but straightforward: they are the fruit of a very peculiar, labyrinthine and altogether unique relationship with one of the greatest, most controversial artists in the history of Western music. And considering that several recent commentators have argued that music, and the music industry in particular, have become fundamental operators in contemporary ideology, something which has its roots in the way Wagner revolutionized one's experience of music, the case of Wagner remains now more than ever, a riddle that stands worthy of unravelling. 

This semester, I will be working in conjunction Dr. Janaway and Dr. Schoenbaumsfeld on presenting the University of Southampton's first course on The Origins of Existentialism, which is an introductory survey to the ideas of Kierkegaard, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche.

Mr Ryan Harvey
Student Office, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton, Avenue Campus, Southampton. SO17 1BF United Kingdom
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