The wanderer’s promise: Nietzsche’s philosophy of the "nearest things"

Marsden, Jill ORCID: 0000-0003-1669-3182 (2019) The wanderer’s promise: Nietzsche’s philosophy of the "nearest things". Nietzsche-Studien : Internationales Jahrbuch für die Nietzsche-Forschung. ISSN 1613-0790 (In Press)

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Abstract

In this essay I explore what might be meant by the “nearest things” in Nietzsche’s philosophy. In the first part of the essay I contextualise Nietzsche’s concerns with “the closest things of all” in the “free spirit” period (1878-1882) and raise the question of how knowledge of them is possible. This idea is developed in the second part of the paper in relation to the claim that dominant (Platonic/Christian) habits of thought impede our understanding of the body. In the third section, I suggest that Nietzsche’s interest in Epicurean thinking in this period enables us to situate the nearest things within the political aesthetics of a transfigured physis. In the final section, I examine how Nietzsche’s 1881 notes on eternal return provide a less-well known locus for his philosophy of the nearest things, one which suggests that to “incorporate” eternal return we need to become “good neighbours” to what is close.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Paper accepted for publication in Nietzsche-Studien : Internationales Jahrbuch für die Nietzsche-Forschung, 2019
Divisions: School of Education and Psychology > Philosophy
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2019 08:32
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2019 12:54
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/2199

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