By Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm; Faulkner, Joanne; Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm
not just does this paintings make a provocative contribution to Nietzsche scholarship, however it additionally opens in an unique means broader philosophical questions about how readers emerge as invested in a philosophical undertaking and the way such funding alters their subjectivity.
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25 For not only does that story deal with the ultimate social transgression—thereby acting as a cautionary tale to the moral being, know one’s place—but in so doing it also deals with what Freud maintained is the subject’s ultimate and most obscure desire: to kill the father in order to marry the mother. Nietzsche, then, implicitly refers the reader to what has become the paradigm of “excess” or “the sublime”: the child’s relation to the mother. Marriage to the mother would here signify a return to a primordial wholeness that is disturbed with the introduction to the scene of the father—representative of language and subjectivity.
In the case of the conventional myth of origin, the social contract relies upon the existence of an animal that can make promises, and as such can consider the needs of others, and retain an image of itself through time, even to the extent that this ideal determines future events. The social contract anticipates the type of being that it sets out to explain. But even Nietzsche’s critique of the social contract—which presents us with the circularity of the appeal to natural law, and undercuts the social contract with his presentation of a man even more primordial than Rousseau’s essentially good noble savage—even this critique sets itself within the parameters that it ostensibly seeks to explode.
In the main, by playing various threads of Nietzsche’s texts against one another, the present chapter has demonstrated how his writing produces a textual remainder. This textual excess gives itself to be a pure object, which exerts the force of the sublime upon the reader: thereby capturing his or her desire, such that one recapitulates subjectivity in terms of a relation to Nietzsche’s text. These “pure objects”—for instance, “the body” understood as a multiplicity of drives, or “the noble type”— beckon to the reader as objects of desire: states that he would like to attain.
Dead letters to Nietzsche : or, The necromantic art of reading philosophy by Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm; Faulkner, Joanne; Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm