Words in Blood, Like Flowers: Philosophy and Poetry, Music and Eros In Hölderlin, Nietzsche, And Heidegger (Suny Series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy)

By Babette E. Babich

Why did Nietzsche declare to have "written in blood"? Why did Heidegger stay silent after international conflict II approximately his participation within the Nazi social gathering? How did Hölderlin's voice and the voices of different, extra historical poets come to echo in philosophy? phrases in Blood, Like plants is a classical expression of continental philosophy that severely engages the intersection of poetry, paintings, song, politics, and the erotic in an exploration of the ability they've got over us. whereas targeting 3 key figures--Hölderlin, Nietzsche, and Heidegger--this quantity covers quite a lot of fabric, from the traditional Greeks to the vicissitudes of the politics of our occasions, and ways those and different questions inside of their hermeneutic and old contexts.

Working from fundamental texts and quite a lot of scholarly assets in French, German, and English, this booklet is a crucial contribution to philosophy's so much old quarrels not just with poetry, but additionally with song and erotic love.

"Babich's scholarship is outstandingly wide-ranging; she is one of the leading Nietzsche students; her arguments are provocative; and her sort is fluent and elegant." -- Véronique M. Fóti, writer of Epochal Discordance: Hölderlin's Philosophy of Tragedy

"This is a piece of significant scholarship and philosophical sensitivity that pulls impressively on German literature and notion. this can be certainly not an antiquarian publication, yet person who is totally engaged with modern concerns within which those figures are very important, concerns starting from philosophical complicity in tyranny to the hermeneutics of structure to the suggestion of the true in Nietzsche and Lacan." -- Gary Shapiro, writer of Alcyone: Nietzsche on presents, Noise, and Women

About the Author

Babette E. Babich is Professor of Philosophy at Fordham collage and is the editor of Habermas, Nietzsche, and demanding conception and the writer of Nietzsche's Philosophy of technology: Reflecting technology at the flooring of paintings and existence, additionally released by way of SUNY Press.

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The divinity of affection works in love since it is a reflection of our humanity within the gamut that runs from the carnal profundity of eros (the physique redeemed by way of the soul, as Nietzsche expresses it) to the purest top of the affection that transforms the human into the divine, giving the soul wings, in Plato’s phrases. within the Nietzsche’s Erotic Artist as Actor/Jew/Woman 163 economic climate of seduction omnipresent in love, human and divine, the infinitesimal mite of human love needs to be transfigured because the degree of redemptive power or salvation. hence the by some means continuously embarassing sentiment of the sixties’ new release ideal—and it will be the major to Milton’s twist at the similar Hesiodic eros, from Lucifer’s mild to God’s deep blue sea, relocating over the waters of Genesis—is the declare that the area wishes love. it is a foregoing and foregone aspect of departure for Nietzsche and for each theogony—and for each tale of affection. all people wishes love. however the want is essential. fairly actually and simply as a lady may perhaps lengthy to be enjoyed or as a baby calls for to be enjoyed, each (male) porter, Nietzsche cheerfully reminds us, confidently expects an admirer (TL §1, KSA 1, 875). to educate us this lesson in regards to the nature of Christian love, we would have liked this pastor’s son, recognized for reminding us, as each pastor has ever performed, that God is lifeless and that we ourselves have killed him. Protestations of affection grow to be little greater than the cries of a kid, a necessity for, a requirement for romance. For Nietzsche, even God’s love is this sort of call for, a declare for affection, just like the Christian’s personal call for for alternate, or requital, a coupon for being as such. The human excellent of affection is definitely the right of simply cakes: in simple terms deserved love or “free” love however the legislation of affection, the compact among the human and the divine, previous and New testomony, is the trade of justice as love. The Judeo-Christian qua Enlightenment qua Smith-Weberian (or Protestant) perfect of affection is the infinite (disinterested) want that might be the affection of the realm as a loose option to love all people as one’s nearest and dearest simply as one is oneself unconditionally—unaccountably—loved (and this too might be a requirement for the sake of the self). Like Kant, Nietzsche uncovers the self-seeking center that lies because the grain of corruption within the gold of this enlightenment fable. elevating the query of affection in Christianity, Nietzsche additionally poses the matter of the neediness of human wish in our personal lives. The dialectic of affection calls for love and a neediness that extends to the God of affection. And past the necessity to be well-paid, redeemed, kept, Nietzsche turns to the Aristocracy and sacrifice, the erotic perfect of consummate expenditure, with no reserve. this can be the erotic element at factor within the valence of artwork. The context of the satyr dance that framed the advance of the play of tragedy, indicates a connection among the Eros of antiquity and Christian love within the extra eroticism of formality. past Christian and Greek, past historic and smooth, event affirms that during ardour, relatively (if no longer precisely) orgiastic passion—which Nietzsche towards the top of his inventive existence reads because the key to the Dionysian transformation of the tragic—one easily does love the realm, with no the least self-denial 164 phrases in Blood, Like plant life and but with out self-absorption, if we presume, for the instant, a sufficient degree of ecstasy.

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