Content and Form, Unite!

Caught Fire and Fury, Jesse Mockrin

In his essay “On the Uses and Advantages of History for Life” (Untimely Meditations, 79–81) Nietzsche argues that people are caught in a tension between content and form. There are times in a culture when content comes to dominate and other times when form comes to dominate — and yet others when both come into balance. He was talking about history and people’s reactions to learning history, but this tension…



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