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Nietzsche and the Vicious Circle

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'The greatest book of philosophy I have ever read, on a par with Nietzsche himself.' --Michel Foucault

Pierre Klossowski (1905-) is the author of numerous philosophical works, as well as several novels. He published many translations of German poets and philosophers, including Nietzsche himself.

Recognized as a masterpiece of Nietzsche scholarship, Nietzsche and the Vicious
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 5th 2005 by Bloomsbury Academic (first published 1969)
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Mar 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Alex Lee
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a pretty amazing book on Nietzsche. Klossowski manages to dive internal to Nietzsche, digging through personal correspondence and social contexts in order to try to connect the vicious circle that of Nietzsche' life that was exemplified within his philosophy. Here the circle is a lack of stability as there is no melding point to stop the circulation (no God to stand still in reference to). Spinning this dialectical flip, Klossowski shows us a Nietzsche who twists in on himself as sicknes ...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
Alex Obrigewitsch
A brilliant and creative investigation of Nietzsche's thought.
Klossowski works through Nietzsche's chaotic (i.e. of Chaos) impulses in order to express an attempted semiotic; a phantasmic expression of the inexpressible Chaos that underlies, that irrupts as madness again through the vicious circle of return.
An individual take on Nietzsche that anyone with any interest in Nietzsche will find challenge and wealth within.
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Startlingly, unimaginably good.
Denton McCabe
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I can tell I will be revisiting this work again and again through out my life. Essential reading.
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Una gran locura. Un loco hablando sobre otro loco.
Oct 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To me it's an attempt on my side to make things clear. So I bought and read and re-read this book.
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Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
From Klossowski to Deleuze, and foremostly Nietzsche, with love.
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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” 2 likes
“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?” 2 likes
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