File nietzsche/nietzsche.0603, message 17


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Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2006 19:05:42 -0500
Subject: Re: [Nietzsche] Will to power and will to truth


On the Will to Power:

I would recommend re-reading Nietzsche in order to understand what he could
have meant by the "will to power"--and he meant many things, although a few
interpreters tried to fix and determine the specific meanings attributed to
these terms. I usually try to privilege interpretations based on the texts
of Nietzsche, from the early period to his latest and richest period
(1886-1889)--and not on "cut and paste" or "cherry-picking" approach. The
reading of the notebooks of 1886-1889 are important to understand the "will
to power" as associated with the constant interplay of multiple forces. I
would recommend reading the late Nietzsche (for example, in English,
WRITINGS FROM THE LATE NOTEBOOKS, Cambridge, 2003; in other languages, check
the Colli and Montinari edition of the KGA/KSA--in German, Italian, French
or Japanese). 

The interpretation reproduced below can find support in the early texts of
Nietzsche, in his writings on Greek culture and the pre-Socratics (will to
truth, and the agon) of the 1870s, and in some of his later works of the
1880s (perspectivism); but it needs to be supplemented by interpretations
relying on the late Nietzsche and his unpublished notebooks that were
instrumental to how scholars have been reading Nietzsche's "Will To Power". 

Best,

Fouad Kalouche 

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[mailto:nietzsche-bounces-AT-lists.driftline.org] On Behalf Of Sharon and Peter
Sent: Saturday, March 11, 2006 8:24 PM
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Subject: Re: [Nietzsche] Will to power and will to truth

Thanks Drew - your explanation casts some light on the underpinnings of
Nietzsche's perspectivism.

p

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[mailto:nietzsche-bounces-AT-lists.driftline.org] On Behalf Of Drew Kopp
Sent: Sunday, 12 March 2006 11:44 AM
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Subject: Re: [Nietzsche] Will to power and will to truth

One way of looking at the will to power is to see it in relation to the
will 
to knowledge or truth. The latter seeks sufficient foundations for 
scientific assertions, that is, assertions that are universal and can 
explain multitudes of particulars. With the generation of "truth,"
divergent 
truths become discredited as lacking the proper foundations; allowing 
multiple, divergent truths to play freely would lead to chaos. This is 
precisely what Plato and Aristotle sought to do in relation to the
sophists, 
who they saw as dealing with a world of doxa, or opinion, rather than 
episteme, grounded assertions. Rhetoric becomes the outcast in the polis
of 
philosophy.

The will to power, on the other hand operates as the agon, or contest,
where 
no single perspective posseses foundations that can trump any other.
Such a 
situation would be tyranny, although from the point of view of the will
to 
truth, this maintenance of order and knowledge leads to the preservation
of 
the present order which serves and protects those laborers after truth
in 
their efforts against the arbitrary and capricious world of the will to 
power. The will to truth is also understood as the product of the slave 
morality that re-values the "good" of the contest into "evil" in order
to 
exact revenge on the will to power in its boundless generativity. From
the 
point of view of the will to power, however, those driven by the will to

truth are "bad," that is, weak and incapable of controlling themselves, 
which is why they need systems and rules set up for them to follow. One
who 
would contravene any such system would be a pharmakos, the scapegoats
who 
are cast out of the polis in order to maintain the "truth" of the polis.

Drew

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kelly Timothy Lynch" <ktlynch-AT-vex.net>
To: <nietzsche-AT-lists.driftline.org>
Sent: Thursday, March 09, 2006 10:42 PM
Subject: Re: [Nietzsche] Psychoanalysis & the Strategies of Resistance


> On Thu, 9 Mar 2006, Steve Armstrong wrote:
>
>> I agree, Heidegger is always about Heidegger.
>>
>> Steve Armstrong
>> www.wegway.com
>>
>
> Which is why I said "don't read Heidegger" if you are
> looking to learn about Nietzsche's "Will to Power"--
> which is what the original query was.
>
>
>      Kelly Timothy Lynch     ||    "Dei potentia est
>        ktlynch-AT-vex.net       ||  ipsa ipsius essentia."
>    Toronto, Ontario, Canada  ||         Spinoza
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