Monday, November 07, 2011

Stern, Tom. Review of Nandita Biswas Mellamphy, THE THREE STIGMATA OF FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE. NDPR (October 2011).

Mellamphy, Nandita Biswas.  The Three Stigmata of Friedrich Nietzsche: Political Physiology in the Age of Nihilism.  London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

Mellamphy's book aims to draw together three strands of Nietzsche's thought: his 'great politics', his philosopher of the future and the eternal recurrence. Her claim is that they are 'always co-extensive and mutually implicated' (x); hence, a reference by Nietzsche to one of these concepts necessarily invokes the others. The future philosopher is 'undoubtedly a political figure' (with artistic features) (15); and, for the future philosopher, the experience of the eternal recurrence is central to the 'task of establishing 'great politics'' (41). It is the emphasis on Nietzsche's 're-articulation of the 'political'' (121) which is most prominent, though, as stated, Mellamphy takes the three concepts together. . . .

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