By Joao Constancio, Maria Joao Mayer Branco, Celine Denat, Luís Sousa, Luis Enrique de Santiago Guervos, Andrea Bertino, Tom Bailey, Chiara Piazzesi, Jaanus Soovali, Luca Lupo, Bartholomew Ryan, Maria Cristina Fornari
Nietzsche's metaphor of the spider that spins its cobweb expresses his critique of the metaphysical use of language - however it additionally means that ‟we, spiders‟, may be able to spin various, life-affirming, more fit, non-metaphysical cobwebs. This publication is a set of 12 essays that spotlight not just on Nietzsche's critique of the metaphysical assumptions of language, but additionally on his attempt to take advantage of language another way, i.e., to create a ‟new language‟. it really is from this point of view that the booklet considers such subject matters as awareness, the self, metaphor, intuition, affectivity, type, morality, fact, and information. The authors invited to give a contribution to this quantity are Nietzsche students who belong to a couple of an important learn facilities of the eu Nietzsche-Research: Centro Colli-Montinari (Italy), GIRN (Europhilosphie), SEDEN (Spain), Greifswald examine team (Germany), NIL (Portugal).
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And 213 ff. 11 “Description of Ancient Rhetoric”, III, p. 21 (KGW, II/4, p. 425): “We call an author, a book, a style ‘rhetorical’ when we observe a conscious application of artistic means of speaking; it always implies a gentle reproof. We consider it to be not natural, and as producing the impression of being done purposefully”. 12 One might think of Leibniz’s Préface à Nizolius sur le style philosophique. Nietzsche refers to Locke’s Essay concerning Human Understanding, III, 10, §34, p. 508: “But yet, if we would speak of Things as they are, we must allow, that all the Art of Rhetoric, besides Order and Clearness, all the artificial and figurative application of Words Eloquence hath invented, are for nothing else but to insinuate wrong Ideas, move the Passions, and thereby mislead the Judgment; and so indeed are perfect cheat”.
Indeed his definition can be confounded with the notion of catachresis. 51 However, in the end, such an objection overlooks three points: first of all the radically new way in which Nietzsche thinks of rhetoric, which now does not refer to a particular discipline, the function and specific use of which would need to be understood; secondly, the practical dimension of Nietzsche’s proposal, who by no means intends to offer a theoretical classification of the figures and is least of all worried about his definitions being faithful to the ones admitted by the language specialists.
See also WS 55, BGE 16/JGB 16. For Nietzsche’s critique of “grammar”, see BGE 17/JGB 17, BGE 34/JGB 34. See, among others, BT Attempt 6/GT Versuch 6, BGE 4/JGB 4, EH Books 1/EH Bücher 1. See Blondel (1991), p. 18. 16 Céline Denat Rhetoric as a Force Inherent to Language In his lectures on rhetoric and the history of Greek eloquence held in Basel in 1872,10 Nietzsche extensively insists on the fact that philosophers have given almost no privilege to rhetoric so far. The reason being, that philosophers have misunderstood this topic or understood it only in a very superficial way.