cover of book
 

Nietzsche and the Vicious Circle
by Pierre Klossowski
translated by Daniel W. Smith
University of Chicago Press, 1997
Paper: 978-0-226-44387-4 | Cloth: 978-0-226-44386-7
Library of Congress Classification B3317.K6213 1997
Dewey Decimal Classification 193

ABOUT THIS BOOK | TOC | REQUEST ACCESSIBLE FILE
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Long recognized as a masterpiece of Nietzsche scholarship, Nietzsche and the Vicious Circle is made available here for the first time in English. Taking a structuralist approach to the relation between Nietzsche's thought and his life, Klossowski emphasizes the centrality of the notion of Eternal Return (a cyclical notion of time and history) for understanding Nietzsche's propensities for self-denial, self-reputation, and self-consumption.

Nietzsche's ideas did not stem from personal pathology, according to Klossowski. Rather, he made a pathological use of his best ideas, anchoring them in his own fluctuating bodily and mental conditions. Thus Nietzsche's belief that questions of truth and morality are at base questions of power and fitness resonates dynamically and intellectually with his alternating lucidity and delirium.

Reference metadata exposed for Zotero via unAPI.