Monthly Archives: May 2007

Jonathan Mills on the idea of Nietzschean “pure will”

A reader of this blog requested my thoughts on what Nietzsche meant by “pure will”. I thought I would ask my old thesis prof for his thoughts because he is far and away more knowledgable in things Nietzsche than I … Continue reading

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To be a “pilgrim” (status viatoris)

“Viator means wanderer, walker, wayfarer, pilgrim. The last term has acquired a special meaning and became a familiar part of religious parlance. We speak of the “pilgrimage” of this earthly life. This is a perfectly honorable and legitimate use of … Continue reading

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Nietzsche — “obedience over a long period of time in a single direction”

Beyond Good and Evil 188 Every morality is, as opposed to laisser aller [letting things go], a bit of tyranny against “nature”; also against “reason”; but this in itself is no objection, as long as we do not have some … Continue reading

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Lessing on Laocoön: the expression of pain at the battle of Troy

“A cry is the natural expression of physical pain. Homer’s wounded warriors not infrequently fall to the ground with a cry. Venus shrieks aloud at a mere scratch [Iliad V. 343], not because she must be made to represent the … Continue reading

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Scripture and acedia

Judges 5:15-17 (Song of Deborah and Barak) “Among the clans of Reuben there were great searchings of heart. Why did you sit still among the sheepfolds, to hear the whistling for the flocks? Among the clans of Reuben there were … Continue reading

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“Heaven” and the Ascension

“To understand it [heaven], let us skip all approximations and go straight to the point: Heaven is the intimate reserve of holy God, that which St. Paul calls the “light inaccessible” which he inhabits, unapproachable for any creature (I Tim. … Continue reading

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Love and approval

“We have seen that loving concern, although it actually confirms the beloved in his existence, can also have a shaming element. This fact–which seems paradoxical only at first glance–indicates that love is not synonymous with undifferentiated approval of everything the … Continue reading

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Nietzsche — The most dangerous kind of unlearning

“One begins by unlearning how to love others and ends by no longer finding anything lovable in oneself” (from Daybreak).

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Nietzsche — One must Learn to Love

“This is our experience in music: we must first learn in general to hear, to hear fully, and to distinguish a theme for a melody, we have to isolate and limit it as a life by itself; then we need … Continue reading

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Dante: The Wrathful

“A marsh there is called Styx, which the sad stream Forms when it finds the end of its descent Under the grey, malignant rock-foot grim;And I, staring about with eyes intent, Saw mud-stained figures in the mire beneath, Naked, with … Continue reading

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