Nietzsche's Affirmative Morality: A Revaluation Based in the Dionysian World-View

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This book argues that Nietzsche bases his affirmative morality on the model of individual responsiveness to otherness which he takes from the mythology of Dionysus. The subject is not free to choose to avoid such responding to the demands of the other. Nietzsche finds that the basic mode of responding is pleasure. This feeling, as a basis for morality, underlies the morality which is true to the earth and the major concepts of "will to power”, "eternal return”, and "amor fati”. The priority of otherness makes all thought ethical and not only aesthetic. The basis of all meanings combines the fundamental impulse of responding outwards with an immediate complement in the individual interpretation-world. This is specifically ethical because the recognition of our own historical specificity arises as a result of the refusal of others to become mere differences within our notion of the Same, and through their demand that we "become who we are” in the recognition of their separate existence.

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"Peter D. Murray's book is the best treatment of Nietzschean affirmation since Deleuze."Tyler Roberts in: New Nietzsche Studies 1-2/2002
Explores the development of an affirmative ethics or morality in Nietzsche's work, and attempts to demonstrate that this process is that of an increasingly complicated articulation of the encounter with otherness. Pays particular attention to the fundamental premise of Nietzsche's : that a Dionysian ground of pleasure underlies all meaning-creation. Analyzes how Nietzsche adapted the imagery of Greek Dionysianism to describe a contradictory world of joy and suffering in which joy is fundamental. This contradictory relationship is found to be present in Greek thinkers who propound the metaphysics of the Mysteries. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The Dionysian World-View
I Nietzsche's Dionysus
1 The Double Nature of Dionysus: Ethical Questions and Art 3
2 The Third Dionysus 9
3 The Redemption of Life 28
4 Delphi: the Separation of Self and Other 33
5 Socrates' Daemon 42
6 The Possibility of Tragedy: Hybris 47
II Contradiction, Duplicity and Opposition
1 The Aesthetic Game: Creation and Destruction 58
2 Contradiction 65
3 The Origin of Opposition in Duplicity 82
4 The Perspective of Universality 93
III The Language of Redemption
1 Myth and the Genius of Poetry 98
2 From Images to Words 105
3 Rhetorical Language: Metaphor 121
4 "Dionysus" as a Metonymy 131
Pt. 2 Affirmative Morality
IV The Basis in Pleasure
1 Pleasure and Displeasure 141
2 The Aesthetical-Ethical Method 149
3 Beyond Domination and the Lust for Power 155
4 Being with Others: Pity and Empathy 159
V A Sense of the Earth
1 Becoming True to the Earth 169
2 The Affective Basis of Sense 178
3 Will to Power and the Dionysian 192
4 Will to Power: the Human-Earth 199
VI Recurrence and Return
1 The Great Year 210
2 From Recurrence to Return 222
3 The Lenzer Heide Notes 228
4 Eternal Return and the Overcoming of Pity 236
VII Affirmation: The Love of Fate
1 The Ethos of Affirmation 251
2 The Spiritualisation of Lust 254
3 A Joyful and Trusting Fatalism 267
4 Amor Fati and Affirmation 278
Conclusion: A Beautiful in Vain? 288
Bibliography 293
Name Index 313
Subject Index 316
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