As the Spider Spins: Essays on Nietzsche’s Critique and Use by Joao Constancio, Maria Joao Mayer Branco, Celine Denat, Luís

By Joao Constancio, Maria Joao Mayer Branco, Celine Denat, Luís Sousa, Luis Enrique de Santiago Guervos, Andrea Bertino, Tom Bailey, Chiara Piazzesi, Jaanus Soovali, Luca Lupo, Bartholomew Ryan, Maria Cristina Fornari

Nietzsche's metaphor of the spider that spins its cobweb expresses his critique of the metaphysical use of language - however it additionally means that ‟we, spiders‟, may be able to spin assorted, life-affirming, more fit, non-metaphysical cobwebs. This e-book is a set of 12 essays that spotlight not just on Nietzsche's critique of the metaphysical assumptions of language, but additionally on his attempt to exploit language another way, i.e., to create a ‟new language‟. it really is from this standpoint that the e-book considers such subject matters as recognition, the self, metaphor, intuition, affectivity, kind, morality, fact, and information. The authors invited to give a contribution to this quantity are Nietzsche students who belong to a couple of an important examine facilities of the eu Nietzsche-Research: Centro Colli-Montinari (Italy), GIRN (Europhilosphie), SEDEN (Spain), Greifswald examine staff (Germany), NIL (Portugal).

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Jean Paul (1861), p. 179. According to Lacoue-Labarthe and Jean-Luc Nancy, Nietzsche discovered this quote in Gustav Gerber (1871), p. 361. “To Speak in Images” 33 background of the Nietzschean refusal to take a merely theoretical stance with regard to language and, secondly, that the originality of these developments lies in the fact that Nietzsche is not satisfied with a merely theoretical description of the nature and origin of language. It is clearly not only a question of saying what language is, but performatively showing the careful reader the way in which language is made – and also that it still can be made by “using language in an artistic way”.

12 One might think of Leibniz’s Préface à Nizolius sur le style philosophique. Nietzsche refers to Locke’s Essay concerning Human Understanding, III, 10, §34, p. 508: “But yet, if we would speak of Things as they are, we must allow, that all the Art of Rhetoric, besides Order and Clearness, all the artificial and figurative application of Words Eloquence hath invented, are for nothing else but to insinuate wrong Ideas, move the Passions, and thereby mislead the Judgment; and so indeed are perfect cheat”.

53 (KGW II/4, p. 443). “To Speak in Images” 31 phors of things” which constitute the only knowledge we have, or the “moving multitude of metaphors”, to which all pretended “truths” are reduced. This understanding of the term “metaphor” is thus what enables Nietzsche to express in a new and more precise way the always improper and developmental nature of language, that is to say, what he designated more generally, in his lectures of 1872, as its “rhetorical” character. This means that if we can legitimately say that, according to Nietzsche, language is characterised by being totally “metaphorical”, we can only do so in a very singular sense.

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