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Nietzsche and the Vicious Circle
     

Nietzsche and the Vicious Circle

by Pierre Klossowski, Daniel W. Smith (Translator)
 

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Long recognized as a masterpiece of Nietzsche scholarship, Nietzsche and the Vicious Circle is made available here for the first time in English. Taking a structuralist approach to the relation between Nietzsche's thought and his life, Klossowski emphasizes the centrality of the notion of Eternal Return (a cyclical notion of time and history) for understanding

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Long recognized as a masterpiece of Nietzsche scholarship, Nietzsche and the Vicious Circle is made available here for the first time in English. Taking a structuralist approach to the relation between Nietzsche's thought and his life, Klossowski emphasizes the centrality of the notion of Eternal Return (a cyclical notion of time and history) for understanding Nietzsche's propensities for self-denial, self-reputation, and self-consumption.

Nietzsche's ideas did not stem from personal pathology, according to Klossowski. Rather, he made a pathological use of his best ideas, anchoring them in his own fluctuating bodily and mental conditions. Thus Nietzsche's belief that questions of truth and morality are at base questions of power and fitness resonates dynamically and intellectually with his alternating lucidity and delirium.

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Takes a structuralist approach to the German philosopher's thought and life and emphasizes the centrality of the motion of Eternal Return for understanding Nietzsche's propensities for self-denial, self-refutation, and self-consumption. Finds that his ideas did not stem from pathology, but that he made a pathological use of his best ideas. The first English translation of published in 1969 by Mercure de France, Paris. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Graham Parkes
The keen student of Nietzsche will welcome the appearance of this brilliant, profound, but extremely taxing study in a good English translation. -- Graham Parkes

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226443867
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Series:
Prehistoric Archeology and Ecology Ser.
Edition description:
1
Pages:
302
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

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