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By Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm; Acampora, Christa Davis; Nietzsche, Friedrich

In this groundbreaking paintings, Christa Davis Acampora bargains a profound rethinking of Friedrich Nietzsche’s an important idea of the agon. examining a powerful array of fundamental and secondary assets and synthesizing many years of Nietzsche scholarship, she exhibits how the agon, or contest, equipped center components of Nietzsche’s philosophy, supplying a brand new appreciation of the subtleties of his infamous perspectives approximately energy. through focusing so intensely in this specific guiding curiosity, she bargains an exhilarating, unique vantage from which to view this iconic philosopher: Contesting Nietzsche.
 
Though existence—viewed during the lens of Nietzsche’s agon—is fraught with fight, Acampora illuminates what Nietzsche famous because the agon’s generative merits. It imbues the human adventure with value, which means, and cost. reading Nietzsche’s gildings of agonism—his feedback on varieties of contests, traits of contestants, and the stipulations within which both may well thrive or deteriorate—she demonstrates how a lot the agon formed his philosophical initiatives and demanding checks of others. The agon led him from one set of issues to the subsequent, from aesthetics to metaphysics to ethics to psychology, through Homer, Socrates, Saint Paul, and Wagner. In displaying how one obsession catalyzed such a lot of different pursuits, Contesting Nietzsche sheds essentially new mild on a few of this philosopher’s such a lot tough and paradoxical ideas.

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A perverse outcome, but one that is intelligible in light of Nietzsche's hypotheses about will to power, is that pain and suffering become desirable insofar as their value is acquired and increases by virtue of their standing as currency in this economy. 15 In short, pain and suffering can be affirmed while the value of human existence in itself cannot. The basis of Nietzsche's agon with Paul is his contention with this ultimate assessment oflife-Paul sanctifies human suffering rather than transfiguring it, as Nietzsche saw in the case of Homer.

Fe). 3· The agonistic mode of competing can be embraced as good, not only for the competitor, but also for its promotion of the general welfare because competition of that sort potentially advances human possibilities generally; that is, it can-provided a relevant goal is sought-promote meaningful excellence. 1. In order to fully appreciate how Nietzsche makes use of these critical distinctions, in order to link agon with superior accomplishment and recognize Agon as Analytic, Diagnostic, and Antidote 23 institutionalized agon as culturally productive, we need to specify what constitutes agonistic interaction and distinguish it from other potentially nondestructive contests.

Agonistic engagement is organized around the test of specific qualities competitors possess. When two runners compete, the quality tested is typically speed or endurance; when artists compete, it might be creativity or mastery of a particular style; craftsmen test their skills; etc. , measuring) which person has excelled above the others in the relevant way. This is not to say that the criteria could not be a source of disagreement among competitors,judges, or spectators (if there are any). The point is that it is essential to there being a competition that success criteria exist so that their satisfaction or excellence can be ascertained, so that a decision can be reached.

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