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eBook Nietzsche's Voice epub

by Henry Staten

eBook Nietzsche's Voice epub
  • ISBN: 0801497396
  • Author: Henry Staten
  • Genre: Social Sciences
  • Subcategory: Philosophy
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (August 24, 1993)
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • ePUB size: 1324 kb
  • FB2 size 1691 kb
  • Formats lrf txt mbr lit

Henry Staten adopts an innovative "psychodialectical" approach to Nietzsche, drawn from Nietzsche's own doctrine that philosophical thought is governed by drives and instincts that―for Nietzsche as for Freud―are fundamentally sexual in nature. Staten explores what he calls the libidinal economy of the Nietzschean text, focusing on the dialectic between Nietzsche's conscious project and the system of erotic influences upon his writings. Addressing both Nietzsche's thematic concerns and the nuances of his rhetoric, Staten offers penetrating interpretations of individual works including The Genealogy of Morals, The Birth of Tragedy, and Thus Spake Zarathustra.
Comments: (4)
Fast Lovebird
I bought this book because Michael Tanner, author of a very useful short introduction to Nietzsche, recommended it as one of the best recent studies of the subject.

I'm afraid Tanner, whose recos have proved accurate in the past, nodded this time. Staten's book has a few apercus worth noting, but the general approach, based on Derrida and the school of French obfuscation, is not only irritating, the results yielded are, when they can be understood, remarkably trite.

Staten isn't as bad as Gilles Deleuze, the clown whose book on Nietzsche turns out to be an exposition of his own philosophy imposed without the slightest pretense that it's about Nietzsche, and I suppose Staten doesn't commit the mortal sin of Heidegger, who uses his "reading" of the Nachlass, ignoring all the published works, to demonstate that Nietzsche was a follower of Heidegger.

But this book is fashionable bunkum, in my opinion. You can find a few useful things in it, but as a study of Nietzsche--or Nietzsche's "voice", as the author would have it--I'd say it only proves that re Nietzsche Staten in tone-deaf.
The Apotheoses of Lacspor
This is an extremely important, insightful and serious book for those of us who are Nietzscheans. It is a brilliant book in many ways and the best book on Nietzsche that I have read. Impossible to summarise, it deals with many of the most important Nietzschean themes, while simultaneously trying to highlight the emotional/psychological stance that Nietzsche variously adopts to those themes and why.

The work, outlines various Nietzschen paradoxes, denials and contradictions, but it's emphasis is not on the abstract dialectics involved in various topics, but suffering and pleasure that lie behind them. Nietzsche is, for all his faults, an extremely profound, insightful and terrifying thinker, and Staten's book, for all it's academic appearance, acknowledges that fact throughout.

My main criticism of the book is that it can, at times, seem content to "localise" various issues within the domain of the Nietzschean "text", without reference to the importance of these issues for the rest of us. But then, any author doing so would run the very great risk of being vilified and unemployed!
This is easily the best N commentary book that's out there. It helps a lot of course if you are pretty intimately familiar with N's books. This book also helped me a lot with Derrida and Freud, both of whom I had read, but found quite difficult. This book clarified a lot from both of those authors and N himself, and helped me to do a Nietzschean reading of all of them. Philosophies can be seen as a sort of unconscious memoir of their author. But ideas also have a real logic to them. The interplay between what is argued and what motivates the arguments, what is said and what is unsaid, is here deeply explored.
A demanding but rewarding book. Staten is hyper-focused on the subtle contradictions of Nietzsche's writings, and often this proves very illuminating. His accounts of Nietzsche's politics and Nietzsche's ambivalent fascination with the ascetic priest are the best I've read. But be warned: around page 120 your brain will be struggling to claw its way out of your skull.
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