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"Infectious Nietzsche is simply one of the most interesting and engaging works to appear on Nietzsche's philosophy in years."
Krell explores health, illness, and creativity in the life and thought of Friedrich Nietzsche. Drawing on a varied literature of philosophical reflections on health, and analyzing Nietzsche's confrontation with traditional values, Krell skillfully engages the legacy of Platonism and Western metaphysics that is at the core of Nietzsche's thought. Nietzsche's genealogical critique, his doctrine of eternal recurrence of the same, and the Nietzschean physiology and psychology of decadence are principal foci. Anyone interested in a philosophical reflection on questions of genius and pathology, and all readers of Nietzsche, will find Krell's new book compelling reading.
One. Critica genealogica I: Inventories of Decadence
Ressentiment and Decadence
The Genealogy of Ground; the Grounds of Genealogy
Ground as the Cartesian Cogito
Transcendental versus Genealogical Critique
Genealogy as Fatality
Two. Critica genealogica II: The Decadence of Inventories
Deleuze, Foucault, and Genealogy
A Nietzschean Inventory?
Will to Power as Genealogical Fa(c)tum
The Genealogy of Language; the Language of Genealogy
Styles of Excessive Wisdom: Nietzsche as Pierre d'attente
Three. Critica genealogica III: The Decadence of Redemption
Redeeming the World for the First Time
Shades of Decadence
Radiant Affirmation versus Paltry Consolation
Four. The Cock: Reading Plato (after Nietzsche)
Dialogue and Dialectic: Plato's "Mixed" Form
Three Accounts of Phaedo
Teaching Plato (after Nietzsche)
Five. Der Maulwurf/The Mole: Reading Kant and Hegel (after Nietzsche)
Vorwurf/Prelude and Plaint
'Allerlei Maulwurfsgange" bei Kant/'All Kinds of Mole Tunnels" in Kant
Der Maulwurf in Siebenmeilenstiefeln/The Mole in Seven-League Boots
Talpa trophonia/The Trophonic Mole
Nachwurf/Postlude and Threnody
Six. A Hermeneutics of Discretion: Nietzsche, Heidegger, Derrida, Lacoue-Labarthe
Lacoue-Labarthe on Heidegger on Nietzsche
Seven. "Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall...": Nietzsche, Heidegger, Gadamer, Derrida
Gadamer's Heidegger's Nietzsche
Derrida's Heidegger's Nietzsche
Eight. Eternal Recurrence—of the Same? Reading Notebook M III I
Nine. Two Systems fo the Mouth: An Oral Presentation of Novalis and Nietzsche
Nausea for Dessert
The Germ of the Frist Kiss
Ten. Infectious Reading: Health and Illness in Novalis and Nietzsche
A Poetics of the Baneful
The Biopositive Effects of Infection
Fiancees, Physiology, and Infectious Rhetoric
Including the ecce
Conclusion and Postscript
Eleven. Consultations with the Paternal Shadow on the Altar at the Edge of the Earth
Twelve. Consultations with the Maternal Shadow in the Orangegrove at the Edge of the Sea
DAVID FARRELL KRELL is Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University. He is the author of Daimon Life: Heidegger and Life-Philosophy, Of Memory, Reminiscence, and Writing: On the Verge, and Postponements: Women, Sensuality, and Death in Nietzsche.