File spoon-archives/nietzsche.archive/nietzsche_1995/nietzsche_Dec17.95, message 27

Date: Tue, 19 Dec 1995 09:56:15 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Doer and the deed; formerly: Re: superWOman was here

On Mon, 18 Dec 1995 wrote:

> "You are what you do."  Huh?  This sounds suspiciously Platonic.
> I hear overtones of the 'metalic' order of souls--and though
> Nietzsche valued refinement, taste, and a certain aritocratic
> sensibility, this phrase, 'you are what you do' sounds to me
> very un-Nietzschean.  

This sounds suspiciously wrong.  Writes Nietzsche: "But there is no such 
substratum; there is no 'being' behind doing, effecting, becoming; 'the 
doer' is merely a fiction added to the deed--the deed is everything."

Erik D. Lindberg
Dept. of English and Comparative Lit.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI  53211

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