By Kathleen Marie Higgins
This booklet bargains a full of life and unorthodox research of Nietzsche by means of studying a overlooked element of his scholarly personality--his humorousness. whereas frequently regarded as ponderous and depression, the Nietzsche of Higgins's research is a shockingly refined and light-hearted author. She provides a detailed examining of The homosexual Science to teach how the varied literary hazards that Nietzsche takes demonstrate humor to be crucial to his undertaking. Higgins argues that his use of humor is meant to dislodge readers from their traditional, somber detachment and to incite ingenious pondering
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7 Which of these is Nietzsche's model? " The most obvious objection to this conclusion is that it seems to ignore Occam's razor. Why should we assume, if one basis for interpretation serves sufficiently, that we need any other? My answer is simple: Nietzsche was conceited. I do not mean by this that he was an especially arrogant man, although his biography offers considerable evidence for this contention. Instead, I mean that like John Donne's religious and erotic poetry, Nietzsche's work abounds in conceits, dense contractions of elaborate imagery.
But by describing it as "song," Nietzsche invokes the characteristic appeal of music, which can appeal in different ways to different listeners, depending on their circumstances and interests, but can nevertheless make possible a good deal of sharing. Reading i: Chivalry Regained Although the troubadours' lives may have been something less than funfilled, the buoyant character of their lifestyle in the context of the medieval period is certainly one reason why Nietzsche considers them kindred spirits.
Many of the poems are straightforward prescriptions, offered in a tone that might befit a doctor. Poem 4, called "Zwiegesprach," (Dialogue Between Two), is literally about illness and recovery. A. War ich krank? Bin ich genesen? Und wer ist mein Arzt gewesen? Wie vergass ich alles das! B. Jetzt erst glaub' ich dich genesen: Denn gesund ist, wer vergass. 24 COMIC RELIEF A. Was I sick? Am I recovered? Who has been my doctor? How could I have forgotten all of that! B. 39 Poem 24, "Pessimisten-Arznei" (Pessimists' Medicine), takes the point of view of a doctor who, not unlike the doctor in Goethe's play, prescribes medicine to patients who rave at length about their pains.