Nietzsche Disappointment: Reckoning with Nietzsches Unkept Promises on Origins and Outcomes Nickolas Pappas

ISBN: 9780742543461

Published: May 12th 2005

Hardcover

288 pages


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Nietzsche Disappointment: Reckoning with Nietzsches Unkept Promises on Origins and Outcomes  by  Nickolas Pappas

Nietzsche Disappointment: Reckoning with Nietzsches Unkept Promises on Origins and Outcomes by Nickolas Pappas
May 12th 2005 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 288 pages | ISBN: 9780742543461 | 6.47 Mb

The Nietzsche Disappointment examines the workings of time in Nietzsche s philosophy. It asks how he explains the great changes that (according to him) turned the past into the present catastrophic transformations of morality, language, human natureMoreThe Nietzsche Disappointment examines the workings of time in Nietzsche s philosophy. It asks how he explains the great changes that (according to him) turned the past into the present catastrophic transformations of morality, language, human nature or that may yet make a desirable future out of this sorry present age.

The question is essential. Nietzsche attacks morality by appeal to the past and future. Where philosophy had fancied itself eternal, imagining all times to be more or less like the present, Nietzsche sets the subject in motion with his attention to abrupt, utterly consequential events. Everything eternal becomes temporal. But after whetting his readers appetites for past and future cataclysms, Nietzsche makes them seem impossible. Birth of Tragedy raises the question of where Socrates could have come from and then can t answer.

In Beyond Good and Evil Nietzsche pins his hopes on the birth of future philosophers, even as he shows how many obstacles prevent their being born. On the Genealogy of Morals posits occurrences, like the triumph of slave morality, that violate Nietzsche s own claims about what can happen. What stops Nietzsche from telling the very stories that he wanted philosophy to attend to? Perhaps that question can t be answered without considering how Nietzsche understands his own place in the flow of time considering, for instance, his wish to be an original philosopher.

The Nietzsche Disappointment is both critical and sympathetic. It interrogates Nietzsche in terms that he should understand- it closes by asking whether there is some way of being critical that is also self-critical. For then a good reading may free the reader from Nietzsche s person while continuing to confront the challenge he bequeathed to philosophy.



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