By Joel Westerdale
The “aphoristic shape explanations difficulty,” Nietzsche argued in 1887, for “today this type isn't really taken heavily enough.” Nietzsche’s Aphoristic problem addresses this persisted forget by means of reading the position of the aphorism in Nietzsche’s writings, the everyday traditions during which he writes, the motivations in the back of his flip to the aphorism, and the explanations for his sustained curiosity within the shape. This literary-philosophical research argues that whereas the aphorism is the paradigmatic shape for Nietzsche’s writing, its functionality shifts as his inspiration evolves. His flip to the aphorism in Human, All Too Human arises now not out of necessity, yet from the recent freedoms of expression enabled by way of his evaluations of language and his rising curiosity in average technology. but the version interpretation of an aphorism Nietzsche bargains years later in at the family tree of Morals tells a distinct tale, revealing extra approximately how the mature Nietzsche wishes his previous works learn than how they have been really written. This research argues however that consistencies emerge in Nietzsche’s figuring out of the aphorism, and those, probably counter-intuitively, are top understood when it comes to extra. spotting the alterations and consistencies in Nietzsche’s aphoristic mode is helping identify a context that permits the reader to navigate the aphorism books and higher solution the demanding situations they pose.
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Reichtum erwirbt man sich auch durch Ersparung der Pfennigs-Wahrheiten” (Sudel-F 1219). Sudel-E 46; Lichtenberg uses the English words (marked by italics; the spelling of “leidger” is now antiquated); these words are in bold in the edition in Nietzsche’s library: Lichtenberg, Vermischte Schriften, quoted in introduction (Vorbericht), xvi–xvii. ”⁸⁸ But while this particular acerbic query certainly pleased Nietzsche, his engagement with Lichtenberg, whose writings exhibit extraordinary formal variety, goes far beyond simply such pithy statements.
Es ist alles Zurückstrahlung; Sudel-G 18). Lichtenberg’s Aphorismen 29 whole, Nietzsche’s fossilized fish/opinions have become old and inflexible. The problem is not that they shatter upon extraction, but that they retain their structure indefinitely; because they are dead, they stand ready to hand in the cabinet, but they are nevertheless dead. Nietzsche modifies Lichtenberg’s image for his own purposes, echoing the suspicion of convictions expressed already in Menschliches, Allzumenschliches I: “Enemies of Truth.
See, for example, Behler, Confrontations, 96; also Foster, Heirs to Dionysus, xi and 438, n. 11. Chapter One. ⁴⁶ Narrowing the genre to include only those texts which display brevity and wit, however, misapprehends the German aphoristic tradition. As I demonstrate below, such an approach applies a model of the genre that both defies Nietzsche’s understanding of the form “Aphorismus” and ignores the tradition in which he consciously participates. This narrow understanding of the aphoristic form “to denote a short expression of a general truth or pointed assertion,”⁴⁷ as Jill Marsden puts it, poses a further hazard.