Shelves: , philosophy , bio , favorites This is a pretty amazing book on Nietzsche. Here the circle is a lack of stability as there is no melding point to stop the circulation no God to stand still in reference to. Spinning this dialectical flip, Klossowski shows us a Nietzsche who twists in on himself as This is a pretty amazing book on Nietzsche. Spinning this dialectical flip, Klossowski shows us a Nietzsche who twists in on himself as sickness and health, relative terminologies become unbearable so that he not only rejects the stablization that philosophy would seek to provide but also the aesthetic of stablization himself throughout all of time and history. We end with a phantasm, a twin, by which we are constantly ourselves but also invoking how we are other. This is another way of looking at the phenomenal split.
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Klossowski, Pierre. Waite, Geoff. Durham, N. Nietzsche emerges in this reading as both a major deconstructive philosopher whose work overturns previous philosophies, as well as cultural forms like religion, morality, and politics, and a highly original constructive philosopher who provides wholly unique and explosive philosophical perspectives. Klossowski himself develops a concept of the "vicious circle" to point to the scandal of the doctrine of eternal recurrence, how it confounds rational and scientific explanation, and how it forces one to become another self with another vision of the world to accept it.
The result is a highly original reading of Nietzsche which strongly influenced his contemporaries and continues to be of interest today.
Wishing to free the Left from the taint of Nietzscheanism, or what he calls a "Nietzschoid" Leftism, Waite argues that Left-Nietzscheanism is a contradiction in terms, an impossible synthesis of warring antagonists. The result is a highly original and extremely provocative reading of Nietzsche and his influence full of exhilarating critique, spirited polemic, surprising connections, and highly original insights. Indeed, this book is unlike any in the highly academic and often sterile ranks of Nietzsche-scholarship.
Like Klossowski, Waite wants to distinguish between an esoteric and exoteric Nietzsche, but unlike his French predecessor Waite wishes to polemicize against the esoteric Nietzsche. He claims that Nietzsche devised multiple rhetorical and literary strategies to promote his secret teachings, hid or sugar-coated the more pernicious aspects of his thought such as his defense of slavery, eugenics, euthanasia, or misogyny, and programmed his future reception into the writing of his texts.
It is well-acknowledged by now that there are a tremendous diversity of Nietzsches, that every distinct reading provides another Nietzsche, and that Nietzsche both promoted and facilitated such a fecund reception through his literary strategies and talents.
As we enter the next millennium, it continues to be important to read and position oneself in relation to Nietzsche and one of the major challenges of the coming century will be the problem of what to do with this highly explosive and provocative thinker.
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