"There's a historic necessity for human beings to have a new responsibility, not to the supernatural but to the natural. We have in Nietzsche the first comprehensive ecological philosophy, the first attempt by a comprehensive thinker, a thinker of the first rank, to bring human existence on earth into alignment with existence on earth generally." (Laurence Lampert)
ANNOUNCING THE AGONIST: A NIETZSCHE CIRCLE JOURNAL
The Nietzsche Circle has formalized its publications on Nietzsche (what has previously been available in the sections Essays, Interviews, Reviews) under the name The Agonist: A Nietzsche Circle Journal. Located below are direct links to the material in this month's issue of The Agonist.
While the first official issue of The Agonist is now online, technically it is what would be the second issue of our third volume. The separate sections of the NC website entitled Essays, Interviews, and Reviews will eventually be eliminated. The material in those sections will in the future be located in The Agonist section of the NC website, which now reaches over 100,00 readers worldwide every year, from the Americas to Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
The Agonist is a peer review refereed journal that publishes essays, interviews, and reviews. In the future, it will also feature current translations of heretofore unavailable Nietzsche texts and overviews of rare, obscure, or overlooked studies on Nietzsche's thought or aspects of it that have received scant attention or been deemed marginal by the philosophical establishment.
The primary concern of The Agonist is with critical interrogations of Nietzsche's aesthetics, which remain in demand of more significant attention. Although art to Nietzsche "is the great stimulus to life," there is no total valorization of it in his work. As Philip Pothen noted in Nietzsche and the Fate of Art, "Nietzsche's suspicion concerning art is perhaps the greatest of any since Plato's, and even, it might be said, including Plato's." If this is true, a revaluation of Nietzsche's aesthetics is duly in order.
This month's issue of The Agonist includes Cultures of the Muses, an essay by Arno Bohler, and reviews by Nicolas Birns, Christopher Branson, and Nicolas Leon Ruiz.
The reviews by Birns and Leon Ruiz are not of works by Nietzsche but fulfill The Agonist's intention to offer reviews of works not directly concerned with Nietzsche but that the editors consider relevant or of particular importance to its overall aesthetico-philosophic vision.
This issue of The Agonist also features a completely new section strictly devoted to exegesis. No journal on Nietzsche currently features such writing. This unique section will contain ruminative reflections on passages from Nietzsche?s oeuvre in the manner of the third essay of On the Genealogy of Morals: A Polemic. Its purpose is to foster the art of rumination.
We are proud to inaugurate this section with Lawrence J. Hatab's "Well, then, it's Yes all around: Some strange moments in the Third Essay of the Genealogy."
Cultures of the Musesby Arno Böhler
The Cunning Kantbook review: The Discourse of the Syncope: Logodaedaluswritten by Jean-Luc Nancyreviewed by Nicholas Birns
written by Peter Kingsley
reviewed by Nicolas Leon Ruiz
WEB http://www.nietzschecircle.com/agonist08204.html PDF
After Nietzsche: Notes towards a philosophy of ecstasywritten by Jill Marsden
reviewed by Christopher Branson
SPECIAL SECTION: EXEGESIS OF NIETZSCHE
Well, then, it's Yes all around:Some strange moments in the Third Essay of the Genealogyby Lawrence J. Hatab
THE AGONIST: A NIETZSCHE CIRCLE JOURNALVOLUME III, ISSUE 2, JULY 2008
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The NC staged its first event, Transfigurations, in April 2005 at NYU's Deutsches Haus. It featured a performance of Nietzsche's musical compositions, recitations of his poetry, and a presentation on the question of poetry and why poets lie.
The NC is an independent community whose primary concern is with philosophical interrogations of all modes of aesthetics. It is our intention to respond to what is in crisis in art and examine art's bearing on life and how it functions as a reflection or interpretation of the world. The aesthetic domain however is not strictly one of objects. Life can be an art and philosophy an aesthetic expression of existence or artful mode of living.
The NC also publishes Hyperion: On the Future of Aesthetics, a journal devoted strictly to philosophical investigations of all modes of aesthetics. With little to no advertising, as an individual entity Hyperion reaches nearly 20,000 readers worldwide every year.
"Nietzsche is the philosopher of our age. Nietzsche's aspirations are the aspirations of a Plato. Nietzsche's teachings may come to be as historically important as Plato's have been." Laurence Lampert
For Daniel Blue's interview with Laurence Lampert:
Arno Bohler & Suzanne Granzer's interview with Ali Mosbah:
For the original German version and the Arabic translation of the interview with Mosbah:
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