By Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm; Bull, Malcolm; Nietzsche, Friedrich
Nietzsche continues to be what he desired to be - the limit-philosopher of a modernity that by no means ends. This ebook argues that only to reject Nietzsche isn't to flee his trap. His appeals to our hope for victory, our creativity, our very humanity are seductions we won't withstand just by disagreeing with him.
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53 The populace were what Arnold termed ‘that vast portion . . 55 They alone have no excuse. The populace are insensible to sweetness and light because they are deprived of it; the barbarians are seduced by ‘exterior goods’, but they are still goods, and to be seduced by them is natural. The philistines, however, cherish ‘some dismal and illiberal existence in preference to light’ and are, in Arnold’s view, simply perverse. 57 The perverse resistance to the aesthetic is explained as an imprisonment in the technology of capitalism; the philistine may desire beauty, but has made himself unable to respond to it.
And when it is dead, there arises ‘the deep sense of an immense void. ’109 The Open Socrates, sensing the void, begins to practise music. There is another possibility. Following in the footsteps of Socrates, Nietzsche’s madman runs through the marketplace proclaiming the death of God. Astonished by what has happened, he asks, ‘How could we drink up the sea? ’110 The void becomes the open. ’111 Might the disappearance of art also be the opening of a new horizon? Could something as inherently unpromising as philistinism be an opening to anything at all?
Only our eyes are reversed and placed wholly around creatures as traps, around their free exit. What is outside we know from the animal’s Visage alone . 113 2 Anti-Nietzsche Many are called, but few are chosen. Gospel of Matthew Opposed to everyone, Nietzsche has met with remarkably little opposition. In fact, his reputation has suffered only one apparent reverse—his enthusiastic adoption by the Nazis. But, save in Germany, Nietzsche’s association with the horrors of the Second World War and the Holocaust has served chiefly to stimulate further curiosity.