There is at once a thin line and an enormous gulf between the artist-philosopher and the philosopher-artist. Where one spreads out his ideas in a dazzling and often bewildering array, the other builds a framework with them and constructs the fictional experiences of a latent philosophy. Where Nietzsche exultantly screams an aphorism, Mann constructs a novel.
English Language and Literature
Whitney, Dale, "The Ubermensch-Artist of Friedrich Nietsche and Thomas Mann" (1966). Honors Projects. Paper 28.