File spoon-archives/nietzsche.archive/nietzsche_1998/nietzsche.9801, message 55


Date: Sat, 24 Jan 1998 09:40:46 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Inkonsequenz Spinozas (1 of 11)


(1 of 11)

The Nietzsche & Spinoza piece I will be posting consists of
five sections.  For e-mail purposes I will be breaking each
each section into two parts, hence, with this post, 11 postings.
There will be a delay between this posting and the rest.  I will
wait to begin posting the rest until I have finished keying all of
it into files for posting, so the rest will come within a couple of
days together.

Everyone seems to pay lip service to the idea of reading Nietzsche
carefully, perhaps with reference to the Foreword to _Dawn_.
One of my hopes when I wrote this piece was to show something
of what this might actually mean, to get past the customary lip
service.  To give a very simple little example right now, one may
occasionally see someone quote BGE #8, (someone actually did
recently in the N. list!), in isolation, vaguely implying that he is
mocking other philosophers.  But how many have actually looked
at its place in the book, and noted that it comes just before N.'s
own conviction steps on to the stage?  I'll just let you think about
that for a moment.

All right.  Let me simply finish this title page now.  What follows
is the piece as it was written without any change.

(original notes:)  This paper began as the text of a small public
talk (Philosophy Department, University of Ottawa, September
18, 1981).  No essential changes have been made, although
there are numerous small changes.

All translations of Nietzsche are my own.
For Spinoza's _Ethics_ I generally follow W.H.White (Oxford
1927), with rare exceptions.  Here I use Elwes' "pleasure
and pain" for laetitia and tristitia, instead of White's "joy
and sorrow".

Some acquaintance with Spinoza's _Ethics_ and Nietzsche's
_Beyond_Good_and_Evil_ in particular, and with the writings
of Spinoza and Nietzsche more generally, is presupposed.


"Die Inkonsequenz Spinozas":  Notes on Nietzsche and Spinoza:
Short Commentary on Beyond Good and Evil, Chapter 1, #13


          Nie noch fand ich das Weib, von dem ich Kinder
          mochte, es sei denn dieses Weib, das ich liebe:
          denn ich liebe dich, o Ewigkeit!
          Denn ich liebe dich, o Ewigkeit!

          Never did I find the woman from whom I wanted
          children, unless it was this woman, that I love:
          for I love you, oh Eternity!
          For I love you, oh Eternity!

                    Thus Spoke Zarathustra III
                    "The Seven Seals (Or: the Yes- and Amen-Song)"


     Kelly Timothy Lynch     ||    "Dei potentia est
       ktlynch-AT-vex.net       ||  ipsa ipsius essentia."
   Toronto, Ontario, Canada  ||         Spinoza



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