By Terry Eagleton
The golden age of cultural thought (the manufactured from a decade and a part, from 1965 to 1980) is gone. we live now in its aftermath, in an age which, having grown wealthy within the insights of thinkers like Althusser, Barthes and Derrida, has additionally moved past them. what sort of new, clean considering does this new period call for? Eagleton concludes that cultural conception needs to commence considering ambitiously back - now not in order that it might hand the West its legitimation, yet in order that it will probably search to make feel of the grand narratives during which it truly is now embroiled.
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20 Taste is relevant insofar as what we want determines the direction of our attention and energy, and what we love (what wins out as wanted most) does this even more so. Thus, as he puts it in section 5, “wishes of the heart” motivate our interpretations of the world, our metaphysical systems and conceptual structures. Nietzsche is concerned to further investigate the nature of such desires, how we come to have them, and their various possibilities, because he does not advocate simply following one’s heart’s desire.
218 Call to study how the “norm” fights against the higher type (rather than study of deviant types). ” 21 NIETZSCHE’S BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL §220 The “interest” in all things allegedly disinterested; “choosier” spirits don’t dwell long. Truth as a woman, not to be violated. §221 Against the unconditional and bringing moralities to bow to the order of rank. §222 Pity (cf. §§202, 206, 224, and 225) linked with self-contempt. §223 Hybrid European; trying to achieve a perspective that affords laughter.
Insight on Nietzsche’s curious idea can be gained negatively: “will to power” is neither a substance nor a description of people’s motivations. Nietzsche does not postulate some ultimate will that is behind and responsible for all (Schopenhauer’s view). As discussed above, in section 19 Nietzsche highlights the fact that what we call “will” is a complex of thinking, feeling, and affect. Thus, “will to power” is chiefly defined as a psychological and physiological perspective or orientation and not first and foremost a political aim or objective.