By Jean-Etienne Joullié
The booklet proposes a critique of Nietzsche's works 'from within'. In doing so, it solutions the continued query requested via any reader of Nietzsche: Why did he come to a decision to not write the most important paintings he stated he could write?
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Its culmination is Nietzsche’s forceful if indirect declaration, found only in the posthumous fragments, to the effect that, in crucial aspects, ‘man is will to power’. The extent to which Nietzsche was committed to that contention is open to question, but that he wanted to redefine psychology as the study of the ‘evolution and morphology of will to power’ and re-establish the discipline as queen of sciences is not. Yet this ambitious programme is nowhere carried out nor even properly started in the published works; judging from the notebooks, one may reasonably suspect that substantial parts of his projected grand work were to be dedicated to this momentous project.
Nietzsche’s romanticism, in the Birth, takes the form of a rejection of anything purely rational, intellectual or restrained (that which Nietzsche called ‘Socratic’ when it refers to knowledge, ‘Apollonian’ when it is about art) in favour of inspiration from the Dionysian – that is, unrestrained or even barbaric imagination and feelings. Schopenhauer’s insistence that art’s greatness is measured through its capacity to connect with the will, to be ‘the faithful mirror of life, of man, of the world’, even in their more violent aspects, is plain; so is the Schopenhauerian theme that the purpose of tragedy, the ‘high-point of literature, [ ...
36 BGE 2. 38 The above has striking consequences when it comes to science, which progressively emerges in Nietzsche’s writings as the most sophisticated form of the will to truth. In Human, All Too Human Nietzsche saw in science an ally against religion and metaphysics;39 later, he made a sharp distinction between the methods of natural science (which he praised) and its goals. 43 Nature and man are reduced to contemptible and then to transformable, usable and disposable items; this was for Nietzsche the unavoidable outcome of the ascetic and unchecked will to truth endorsed by his predecessors and contemporaries.
Will to Power, Nietzsche’s Last Idol by Jean-Etienne Joullié