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We may then wonder how the goodness of hearing and response stands with regard to Nietzsche’s texts—so many of which entail an address to the friend, approached in the pathos of distance. ”) poses an unskirtable question: Should we not consider Levinas’s ethics as an expression of the values of the ascetic priest? Since Nietzsche’s grand innovation, instituted with his pseudonymous declaration of the death of God, exegesis of timeless truths has been supplanted by critical genealogy and the study of signs by the analysis of symptoms.

The melancholic discourse produced in these philosophies evacuates an illusion that has dominated the West, leaving in its wake dead idols and, to be sure, pain. Yet it is also true that Nietzsche’s work is playful and Levinas’s is full of voluptuousness—both men produce work that could be read as ecstatic. Nevertheless the ecstasy is attended by pain: Zarathustra’s lonely sadness, the writhings of Dionysus—self-overcoming is attached to the despondency of loss. ” In Otherwise Than Being, obsession by the other disorients a subjectivity wrenched from its moorings in the tradition.

J. Hollingdale. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983. UB Unzeitgemäße Betrachtungen I–IV. KSA 1. Berlin/New York: DTV/de Gruyter, 1988. WP The Will to Power. Trans. Walter Kaufmann. New York: Random House, 1967. VP I,II La Volonté de Puissance I et II. Trans. Geneviève Bianquis. Paris: Gallimard, 1948. WM Wille zur Macht. Stuttgart: Alfred Kröner Verlag, 1956. DFW Der Fall Wagner—Ein Musikanten-Problem. 1888. KSA 6. Berlin/New York: DTV/de Gruyter, 1988. KSA Kritische Studienausgabe (the shorter, 15-volume set).

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