Decadence of the French Nietzsche
Decadence in philosophy is truths dedicated to the intensification of thought. For decadents the best truths don't describe experience accurately, they incite the most consequent thinking. This doesn't imply wanting truths that are wrong. But, for decadents, every philosophic conclusion is valued purely in terms of its ability to generate more thought: If thought no longer exists to pursue truth-or stolid truths-it exists, then, to serve and accelerate thinking. In Decadence of the French Nietzsche author James Brusseau discusses French Nietzscheanism from Nietzsche through his appropriation by Gilles Deleuze. He also discusses philosophical decadents who participate in contemporary thought and its set of convictions and desires For Brusseau it is no one figure that represents the modern philosophical decadent, contemporary theory is the habitation of these convictions and desires. Original and controversial in its conception of contemporary modes of modern theory and thought, Decadence of the French Nietzsche shows how the contorting of philosophy occurs, why, and-in sweeping terms-what it means to raise thinking above any stolid truth.
- Hardback | 248 pages
- 154.9 x 231.1 x 17.8mm | 408.24g
- 21 Jan 2005
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
Table of contents
Chapter 1 Overview Chapter 2 Philosophy as the Sacrifice of Thinking for Truth Chapter 3 Decadent Philosophy is Truth Sacrificed for Thinking Chapter 4 How Does Decadence Emerge from French Nietzscheanism? Chapter 5 How Does Decadence Emerge from Objections to French Nietzscheanism?
This book is indeed an original and significant contribution to the field-of philosophy itself, and not merely studies of Nietzsche or French Nietzscheanism. The latter two are worked out and explored from numerous directions in the course of the book. At bottom, the book is a lucid and self-reflective meditation on what it means to think. -- Daniel W. Smith, Purdue University
About James Brusseau
James Brusseau is Professor in the Graduate Faculty of Philosophy and Letters at the Mexican National University.