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Nietzsche and the Vicious Circle
<img src="http://www.continuumbooks.com/pub/ima...; align="left">'The greatest book of philosophy I have ever read, on a par with Nietzsche himself.' Michel Foucault<br/><br/>Pierre Klossowski (1905-) is the author of numerous philosophical works, as well as several novels. He published many translations ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 5th 2005 by Bloomsbury Academic
(first published 1969)
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Klossowski (although he never actually cites his sources) gives an interesting, yet marginal reading of Nietzsche's work. While most philosophers harp on Will to Power, Klossowski goes to the Eternal Recurrence/Vicious Circle as the crux of Nietzsche's philosophy. He even goes so far as to locate the origin of this idea in a liminal epiphany while Nietzsche is strolling through Sils-Maria in 1881, even pinpointing the exact date that Nietzsche began to formulate the concept, noting that he was o ...more
Hm. I know this was a major influence on both Foucault and Deleuze, but I find both of these guys to be far more charming interpreters of Nietzsche's philosophy. Klossowski's approach-- running through highly specific passages of the man's writing with a fine-toothed comb and then extracting a comprehensive, essential approach to Nietzsche's worldview-- seems somewhat hung-up on structuralist pedantry, and the attempt to ground the idea of the eternal return in the body reminds me altogether too ...more
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“Such is the world as it appeared to Nietzsche under the monumental aspect of Turin: a discontinuity of intensities that are given names only through the interpretation of those who receive his messages; the latter still represent the fixity of signs, whereas in Nietzsche this fixity no longer exists. That the fluctuations of intensities were able to assume the opposite name to designate themselves - such is the miraculous irony. We must believe that this coincidence of the phantasm and the sign has existed for all time, and that the strength required to follow the detour through the intellect was 'superhuman”
“There are many more languages than we think: and man betrays himself more often than he desires. How things speak! - but there are very few listeners, so that man can only, as it were, chatter on in the void when he pours out his confessions: he squanders his ‘truths’, as the sun does its light. - Isn’t it rather a pity that the void has no ears?”More quotes…