Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9780226443867 Published March 1998 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Paper $32.50 ISBN: 9780226443874 Published March 1998 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Nietzsche and the Vicious Circle

Pierre Klossowski

Nietzsche and the Vicious Circle
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Pierre Klossowski

Translated by Daniel W. Smith
302 pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 1997
Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9780226443867 Published March 1998 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Paper $32.50 ISBN: 9780226443874 Published March 1998 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
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.
Contents
Translator's Preface
Introduction
1: The Combat against Culture
2: The Valetudinary States at the Origin of a Serniotic of Impulses
3: The Experience of the Eternal Return
4: The Valetudinary States at the Origin of Four Criteria: Decadence, Vigour, Gregariousness, the Singular Case
5: Attempt at a Scientific Explanation of the Eternal Return
6: The Vicious Circle as a Selective Doctrine
7: The Consultation of the Paternal Shadow
8: The Most Beautiful Invention of the Sick
9: The Euphoria of Turin
10: Additional Note on Nietzsche's Semiotic
Notes
Index
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