By Jill Marsden
This publication explores the ingenious chances for philosophy created by means of Nietzsche's sustained mirrored image at the phenomenon of ecstasy. From The delivery of Tragedy to his experimental "physiology of art," Nietzsche examines the cultured, erotic, and sacred dimensions of rapture, hinting at how an ecstatic philosophy is learned in his elusive doctrine of everlasting go back. Jill Marsden pursues the consequences of this legacy for modern Continental inspiration through analyses of such voyages in ecstasy as Kant, Schopenhauer, Schreber, and Bataille.
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Additional info for After Nietzsche: Notes Towards a Philosophy of Ecstasy
WP 799) In this extraordinary note, Nietzsche characterizes Apollinian and Dionysian rapture in terms of a difference in tempo, with the tantalizing suggestion that the greatest feeling of power lies with the Apollinian. Since the Dionysian is so explicitly presented as the dominant power in The Birth of Tragedy, especially in its incarnation as the spirit of music from which tragedy is ‘born’, it seems initially difﬁcult to imagine how the modest and decorous Apollinian could be thought of as the more intense force.
We are told that the philosopher gives birth to his thoughts out of his pain and endows them with heart, blood and ﬁre: ‘Life – that means for us, constantly transforming all that we are into light and ﬂame – including everything that wounds us – we simply can do no other’ (GS Preface, 3). ). From such depths of torment one emerges ‘as a different person’ with an ever renewed taste for all that is perplexing. ). Having been charred to a husk he returns as the ﬁre that rekindles his own thought, he has become the thought of ﬁre.
Perhaps Nietzsche is right to insist that ‘it is only from the conception “I” that there follows, derivatively, the concept “being”’ (TI ‘Reason in Philosophy’, 5). Thought in terms of life rather than being, the ‘world’ for Nietzsche is not the nexus of human meanings and involvements but is will to power. This world: a monster of energy, without beginning, without end […] set in a deﬁnite space as a deﬁnite force, and not a space that might be ‘empty’ here or there, but rather as force throughout, as a play of forces and waves of forces, at the same time one and In the Horizon of the Inﬁnite 21 many, accumulating here and at the same time diminishing there; a sea of forces ﬂowing and raging together, eternally changing, eternally ﬂooding back, with tremendous years of recurrence, with an ebb and ﬂood of its forms […] This world is the will to power – and nothing besides!
After Nietzsche: Notes Towards a Philosophy of Ecstasy by Jill Marsden