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

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

by Peter Durno Murray
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De Gruyter


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

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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ISBN-13: 9783110166019
Publisher: De Gruyter
Publication date: 08/04/1999
Series: Monographien und Texte zur Nietzsche-Forschung Series , #42
Edition description: Reprint 2015
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Part 1The Dionysian World-View
I.Nietzsche's Dionysus
1.The Double Nature of Dionysus: Ethical Questions and Art3
2.The Third Dionysus9
3.The Redemption of Life28
4.Delphi: the Separation of Self and Other33
5.Socrates' Daemon42
6.The Possibility of Tragedy: Hybris47
II.Contradiction, Duplicity and Opposition
1.The Aesthetic Game: Creation and Destruction58
3.The Origin of Opposition in Duplicity82
4.The Perspective of Universality93
III.The Language of Redemption
1.Myth and the Genius of Poetry98
2.From Images to Words105
3.Rhetorical Language: Metaphor121
4."Dionysus" as a Metonymy131
Part 2Affirmative Morality
IV.The Basis in Pleasure
1.Pleasure and Displeasure141
2.The Aesthetical-Ethical Method149
3.Beyond Domination and the Lust for Power155
4.Being with Others: Pity and Empathy159
V.A Sense of the Earth
1.Becoming True to the Earth169
2.The Affective Basis of Sense178
3.Will to Power and the Dionysian192
4.Will to Power: the Human-Earth199
VI.Recurrence and Return
1.The Great Year210
2.From Recurrence to Return222
3.The Lenzer Heide Notes228
4.Eternal Return and the Overcoming of Pity236
VII.Affirmation: The Love of Fate
1.The Ethos of Affirmation251
2.The Spiritualisation of Lust254
3.A Joyful and Trusting Fatalism267
4.Amor Fati and Affirmation278
Conclusion: A Beautiful in Vain?288
Name Index313
Subject Index316

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