Nietzsche's Philosophy of History by Anthony K. Jensen

By Anthony K. Jensen

Nietzsche, the so-called usher in of the 'philosophy of the future', however handled the earlier on approximately each web page of his writing. not just used to be he involved in how prior values, cultural practices, and associations impact the current - he used to be it seems that acutely aware that any try and take into account that impression encounters many meta-historical difficulties. This entire and lucid exposition of the advance of Nietzsche's philosophy of historical past explores how Nietzsche considered historical past and historiography all through his lifestyles and the way it affected his so much primary rules. dialogue of the total span of Nietzsche's writings, from his earliest courses as a classical philologist to his later genealogical and autobiographical tasks, is interwoven with cautious research of his personal sorts of writing background, the nineteenth-century paradigms which he critiqued, and the twentieth-century perspectives which he expected. The publication could be of a lot curiosity to students of Nietzsche and of nineteenth-century philosophy.

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The argument, however, is ex silentio: the Stichwörter are for Nietzsche so obvious that someone would naturally have mentioned them. Because no author does, it is presumed that they were not in the text at that time. KGW ii/1, 42. The evidence of the Suda would further suggest that the Musa Paedica was not included before this period. Nietzsche discusses this evidence at KGW ii/1, 42–50. More recently it The Theognidea 23 need to thematically codify the scattered advisory remarks interpolated into Theognis’ text.

In his middle and later writings, he would shift his historiographical method again, maintaining his ontological realism but adopting a representational anti-realism. These methodological shifts will be the focus of the following chapters. ’ It perhaps goes without saying that, if text is the sole criterion for adjudicating claims about the past, then our attention will be focused on authors, institutions that preserved documents, and events that were of sufficient import to merit something being written down about them.

The image of Theognis as a ‘pathetic Greek hypochondriac’ was thus due to no fault of Theognis’ making, but the result of the deliberate vilification of ancient authors by the early Christians. The real Theognis, and even the later pedagogical Theognis, was made to appear as a drunk, a pederast, and a cheat. ”80 In this way, the work preserved under the name of Theognis is actually a parody of the real Theognis’ intentions. “All the more do I ardently believe the redactor had a hostile, indeed a parodistic, tendency toward Theognis.

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