The Shortest Shadow: Nietzsche's Philosophy of the Two

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What is it that makes Nietzsche Nietzsche? In The Shortest Shadow, Alenka Zupancic counters the currently fashionable appropriation of Nietzsche as a philosopher who was "ahead of his time" but whose time has finally come -- the rather patronizing reduction of his often extraordinary statements to mere opinions that we can "share." Zupancic argues that the definitive Nietzschean quality is his very unfashionableness, his being out of the mainstream of his or any time.To restore
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Overview

What is it that makes Nietzsche Nietzsche? In The Shortest Shadow, Alenka Zupancic counters the currently fashionable appropriation of Nietzsche as a philosopher who was "ahead of his time" but whose time has finally come -- the rather patronizing reduction of his often extraordinary statements to mere opinions that we can "share." Zupancic argues that the definitive Nietzschean quality is his very unfashionableness, his being out of the mainstream of his or any time.To restore
Nietzsche to a context in which the thought "lives on its own credit," Zupancic examines two aspects of his philosophy. First, in "Nietzsche as Metapsychologist," she revisits the principal Nietzschean themes -- his declaration of the death of God (which had a twofold meaning, "God is dead" and
"Christianity survived the death of God"), the ascetic ideal, and nihilism -- as ideas that are very much present in our hedonist postmodern condition. Then, in the second part of the book, she considers Nietzsche's figure of the Noon and its consequences for his notion of the truth. Nietzsche describes the Noon not as the moment when all shadows disappear but as the moment of "the shortest shadow" -- not the unity of all things embraced by the sun, but the moment of splitting, when "one turns into two." Zupancic argues that this notion of the Two as the minimal and irreducible difference within the same animates all of Nietzsche's work, generating its permanent and inherent tension.

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"Alenka Zupancic has given us a strikingly new reading of Nietzsche. Against the postmodernist domestication of Nietzsche's philosophy, Zupancic restores the shock of Nietzsche's style and thought, reading him alongside Jacques Lacan and Alain Badiou as a revolutionary
'philosopher of the event.'"--Christoph Cox, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Hampshire
College

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"Alenka Zupancic is one of those rare writers whose capacity for decision is equal to her intelligence....Read these essays and you will see what kind of a spiritual explosion a writing bomb can produce in the hands of a true pyrotechnist." Alain Badiou

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262740265
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Series: Short Circuits
  • Pages: 190
  • Sales rank: 975,338
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Alenka Zupančič is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy, Slovene Academy of Sciences, Ljubljana. She is the author of The Shortest Shadow: Nietzsche's Philosophy of the Two (MIT Press, 2003).
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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Introduction: The Event "Nietzsche" 2
I Nietzsche the Metapsychologist 30
"God Is Dead" 34
The Ascetic Ideal 46
Nihilism ... 62
... as a "Crisis of Sublimation"? 72
II Noon 86
Troubles with Truth 90
From Nothingness Incorporated ... 124
... via Double Affirmation ... 132
... to Nothingness as Minimal Difference 150
Addendum: On Love as Comedy 164
Notes 183
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