By Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm; Bull, Malcolm; Nietzsche, Friedrich
Nietzsche is still what he desired to be - the limit-philosopher of a modernity that by no means ends. This e-book argues that only to reject Nietzsche isn't to flee his trap. His appeals to our wish for victory, our creativity, our very humanity are seductions we can't face up to just by disagreeing with him.
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19 Before that nobody seemed able to conceive of the possibility that such a direct negation of socially sanctioned values was possible. All deviants were classified as heretics—people whose negation of Christianity was itself a diabolical form of Christianity rather than people who negated the value of Christianity altogether. And even when atheism was isolated from heresy as a distinct category, it was not a word used by unbelievers to identify themselves, but by theologians to attack supposed unbelievers.
They might therefore also flout the expectation that they should behave differently in the presence of these aesthetically valued objects. They would drop litter in beauty spots, lean nonchalantly against the paintings in the National Gallery, demolish their listed homes, talk loudly to their neighbours during concerts. There are, of course, many people who occasionally exhibit philistine behaviour, but they are rarely ideologically motivated, and when one investigates the ideological position the philistines supposedly occupy it proves surprisingly empty.
Any attempt to study philistinism must first take account of the curious fact that a constant stream of abuse is directed against philistinism without there being any self-identified philistines to whom these denunciations refer. How is this to be explained? The apparent absence of philistines from the cultural landscape might lead one to suppose that philistinism is not just a rare phenomenon but an imaginary one, and some would argue that if philistines are people who look upon all cultural products as valueless, they cannot exist.
Anti-Nietzsche by Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm; Bull, Malcolm; Nietzsche, Friedrich