Postmodernism has swallowed this cluster of Nietzschean doctrines hook, line and sinker, blissfully unaware of the inherent performative self-refutation. On the contrary, with his destructive work, he was advancing his own affirmative philosophical design by removing what stood in its way. And you yourselves are also this will to power—and nothing besides! Evidently, Nietzsche suspends his perspectivism and skepticism when advancing his own agenda.
Deriving, as it does, bios and physis from the logos of the intelligible or true world, metaphysics thereby devalues Life and Nature, and thus, willy-nilly, ends up in nihilism. As the vitalistic negation of the metaphysical negation of Life, it was affirmative of Life, with a powerful purpose behind it: all this anti-metaphysics, anti-foundationalism, and genealogical unmasking was to clear the ground for restoring Life and Nature to their central place and highest rank in philosophical discourse, in order to recreate a lost Dionysian life-world.
The theme of the destruction and the rebirth of the Dionysian world forms its central axis, either end of which is marked by a transvaluation of values. Once upon a time, so the Grand Narrative goes, there was a world free of decadence and nihilism, presided over by Dionysus, emblematic of the eternal Yes to Life in all its aspects, including the terrible and the tragic ones.
In this Dionysian world, culture is equated with Life as lived, shaped, and refined by the noble and strong—a culture that, for all its refinement, did not deny, rather affirmed, the inherent beast-of-prey nature of Man. The ethos of the Dionysian Life-world, based as it was on the natural aristocratic values of the strong and noble classes, was on this side of good and evil—pre-moral, that is.
The pre-moral Dionysian life-world had no need of a metaphysical beyond as a home for foundational first principles and highest moral values. The Dionysian world of old reached perfection in ancient Greece: from the soil of the Dionysian grew the Apollonian as its complementing counterpoint, to give rise to the supreme Dionysian culture. The masses of human failures—the weak, sick, lowly, impoverished, crippled, ill-bred, oppressed, ugly, degenerate, and enslaved—prevailed over the few powerful, strong, noble, wealthy, happy, beautiful, well-turned-out, and free; they succeeded in establishing their ressentiments as highest values, organized as religious morality that was to dominate Europe for the next millennia.
The focus is now on the active and strong nihilism: an agent of the will-to-power, it is to push decadence and passive nihilism to the tipping point, at which they will be transcended through the Second Transvaluation of Values. Designed to undo the results of the disastrous First Transvaluation, it initiates the renewal of the Dionysian world. Yet this is still future music. This concept furnishes the prototype of all theories of equal rights: mankind was first taught to stammer the proposition of equality in a religious context, and only later was it made into morality: no wonder that man ended by taking it seriously, taking it practically!
Evil becomes good; and what the slave morality values as good becomes bad. It preserves that which is ripe for death, it fights in favor of the disinherited and the condemned of life. This radical fair-is-foul-and-foul-is-fair transvaluation is therefore far more than a mere inversion of the values established by the First Transvaluation:.
That new party of Life sc. The reborn Dionysian world will differ from the lost old one in that it will give rise to a higher species. Mankind, for two millennia subjected to anti-nature and utterly corrupted by the forces of decadence and nihilism,52 is in dire need of a thoroughgoing make-over. They herald a gigantic design called Great Politics that arises from the Second Transvaluation.
Great Politics is apocalyptic politics in the grand style: it anticipates the future of mankind as a series of cathartic catastrophes necessary for transcending Western decadence and nihilism, thus bringing about the rebirth of the Dionysian in life and culture. Great Politics, initially European, is supranational; with its pursuit of world-conquest, it becomes global. It is an oligarchic order Nietzsche prefers to call it aristocratic ,55 an anarcho-despotic regime in which the strong rule without being encumbered by legal or moral codes in the exercise of their will to power, since they themselves will legislate.
We must agree to the cruel sounding truth that slavery belongs to the essence of culture. Therefore we may compare glorious culture to a blood-covered victor who carries with him on his triumphal procession the vanquished as slaves, chained to his chariot. Yet most individuals will not even make it into the third estate. A politico-philosophical program of a fundamental make-over of mankind is certainly a totalizing one. No other thinker has used the biological terms breeding and extirpation with such abandon in order to apply them to mankind as a whole.
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As the Nietzschean Ernst Nolte observes,. Unencumbered by racism, they attain a vaster scope. As part and parcel of the transvaluation of values, Great Politics is the political articulation of the central theme of the Grand Narrative: the restitution of the Dionysian world. As we have seen, in overcoming metaphysics, his transvaluation proceeds by aiming at restoring Life, Nature, and the Will-to-Power to their rightful place. What is good? Everything that heightens the feeling of power, of the will to power, power itself.
Everything that is born of weakness.
Hence it is plain that it increases with every increase of power. It substitutes the metaphysics from above by a metaphysics from below. Dionysian paradise regained is the prospect that this first postmodern Grand Narrative holds out, enhanced and elevated to a higher plane by the creation of the new species.
The return of Dionysian life, overcoming two millennia of anti-nature, is to repair the instincts and restore natural rank. Georges Bataille is the outstanding Gallic saint in the postmodern calendar, second only to its Germanic arch-saint. The key twentieth-century figure in the genealogy of postmodernism, he fused the Second Nietzsche Reception with the reception of D.
No doubt his is a pronouncedly Sadean notion of revolution rather than a Marxian one:. Without a profound complicity with natural forces such as violent death, gushing blood, sudden catastrophes and the horrible cries of pain that accompany them, terrifying ruptures of what had seemed to be immutable, the fall into stinking filth of what had been elevated—without a sadistic understanding of an incontestably thundering and torrential nature, there could be no revolutionaries, there could only be a revolting utopian sentimentality.
The Batailleian discourse is a creative version of Nietzschean vitalism, fortified by a heavy dose of Sadean thought, with some Marxist capitalism-critique thrown in, and further amplified by the anthropology of Emile Durkheim and Marcel Mauss. The sovereignty of the lord imposes this discipline and self-restraint on the civilization-creating labor of the bondsman.
Lordship is an existential dead-end. The Lord can either become stupefied through pleasure, or die as lord on the battlefield, but he cannot live consciously, and thus know himself as satisfied by what he is. Understanding, abstract thought, science, technology, the arts—all this has its origin in the forced labor of the bondsman. The height of decadence! What is to replace the abandoned world of the civilized?
The intellectual structure that relates both catalogues to one another is the antagonism of homogeneity versus heterogeneity. This negation is to remove what stands in the way of what transgressive heterogeneity affirms and espouses, and thus to clear the ground for a return to a pre-modern life-world: a tribal world—pre-reflective, pre-rational, pre-individualist, pre-moral—a life-world of instinctual and affective effervescence, exuberance, excess, intensity, and the sacred.
In short, it is the world before the onset of individuation, denounced since Nietzsche by vitalist thinkers as the fons et origo of all modern evil. Its economy is one of expenditure and waste. Its members are to overcome their atomization through limit-experiences that give rise to unbearable sensations lacerating the conscious ego and shattering subjectivity. In collectivist orgies of self-immolation, they are to free themselves from their encapsulated selves.
Bataille and his circle of disciples experimented with a prefiguration of it. Man has escaped from his head just as the condemned man has escaped from his prison. The little that is known is more than quaint. Fearing that sensuality passes them by due to their overdeveloped as they deem intellect, they try to rid themselves of it.
But seriously preparing a human sacrifice, and coming close to performing it, is something else.
Given the death-cult of the sect and its obsession with acephaly, they might not have viewed this as an altogether undesirable experience. One cannot help being reminded of a subject-annihilating collectivity in more recent history: the ecstatic community of Jonestown, founded and ruled by a sacred sovereign, the Reverend Jim Jones, in the jungle of Guyana, far away from homogenizing civilization. In , ordered by their sovereign, its members freed themselves of their enclosed selves in an orgy of self-immolation.
The corpses rotting in the torrid jungle heat testified to thanatocratic heterogeneity, negating in a drastic way the norms of the sanitized and disenchanted life-world of homogenizing reason. The fascist leaders are incontestably part of the heterogeneous existence. Opposed to democratic politicians, who represent in different countries the platitude inherent to homogeneous society, Mussolini and Hitler immediately stand out as something other.
It is impossible to ignore the force that situates them above men, parties, and even laws: a force that disrupts the regular course of things, the peaceful but fastidious homogeneity powerless to maintain itself the fact that laws are broken is only the most obvious sign of the transcendent, heterogeneous nature of fascist action. But this is not all.
It makes an appeal to sentiments traditionally defined as exalted and noble and tends to constitute authority as an unconditional principle, situated above any utilitarian judgment. Of the various things that fascinate Bataille in fascist action and politics, two stand out: sovereignty and affectivity. In either case, sovereignty is a self-asserting life-force. The force of a leader is analogous to that exerted in hypnosis.
The affective flow that unites him with his followers—which takes the form of a moral identification of the latter with the one they follow and reciprocally —is a function of the common consciousness of increasingly violent and excessive energies that accumulate in the person of the leader and through him become widely available. Feb 09, My little den of iniquity has apparently been infiltrated by the Kendall Sq. Do you mean to tell me you know the, ahem, person with the iPhone I had thought about doing a followup to the last excerpt, in which Jessica and Teddy get neckdeep into math.
Unlikely antichrist book one nascent oxygen A nascent math prodigy enters academia and joins forces with her friend, lover and soulmate. Kelsier "snapped" and found in himself the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, he turned his talents to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark. Kelsier recruited the underworld's elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge.
Only then does he reveal his ultimate dream, not just the greatest heist in history, but the downfall of the divine despot. But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel's plan looks more like the ultimate long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life. Like him, she's a half-Skaa orphan, but she's lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets, and gotten it. She will have to learn to trust, if Kel is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed.
Shadow dreamed of nothing but leaving prison and starting a new life. But the day before his release, his wife and best friend are killed in an accident. On the plane home to the funeral, he meets Mr. Wednesday—a beguiling stranger who seems to know everything about him. A trickster and rogue, Mr. Wednesday offers Shadow a job as his bodyguard. With nowhere left to go, Shadow accepts, and soon learns that his role in Mr. For beneath the placid surface of everyday life a war is being fought —and the prize is the very soul of America. For centuries, gleemen have told the tales of The Great Hunt of the Horn.
So many tales about each of th Hunters, and so many Hunters to tell of Now the Horn itself is found: the Horn of Valere long thought only legend, the Horn which will raise the dead heroes of the ages. And it is stolen. Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity,with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds. Waxillium Ladrian, a rare Twinborn, can Push on metals with his Allomancy and use Feruchemy to become lighter or heavier at will.
After twenty years in the Roughs, Wax has been forced by family tragedy to return to the metropolis of Elendel. Now he must reluctantly put away his guns and assume the duties and dignity incumbent upon the head of a noble house. Or so he thinks, until he learns the hard way that the mansions and elegant tree-lined streets of the city can be even more dangerous than the dusty plains of the Roughs.
Published in , Neil Gaiman's darkly hypnotic first novel, Neverwhere, heralded the arrival of a major talent and became a touchstone of urban fantasy. Over the years, a number of versions were produced both in the U. Now Gaiman's preferred edition of his classic novel reconciles these works and reinstates a number of scenes cut from the original published books.
Neverwhere is the story of Richard Mayhew, a young London businessman with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he discovers a girl bleeding on the sidewalk. He stops to help her—an act of kindness that plunges him into a world he never dreamed existed. Slipping through the cracks of reality, Richard lands in the Neverwhere—a London of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth.
Door, a noblewoman whose family has been murdered, is on a quest to find the agent that slaughtered her family and thwart the destruction of this underworld kingdom. If Richard is ever to return to his former life, he must join the journey to save Door's world—and find a way to survive. Brite , "that is both the stuff of dreams and nightmares" San Diego Union-Tribune.
From 1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, the Mistborn trilogy is a heist story of political intrigue and magical, martial-arts action. This saga dares to ask a simple question: What if the hero of prophecy fails?
Mistborn: The Final Empire — Kelsier, a brilliant thief has turned his talents to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler as the mark. Kel's plan is the ultimate long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into the fold. But she will have to learn to trust if she is to master powers of which she never dreamed. The Well of Ascension — Evil has been defeated; the war has just begun. Vin, the street urchin who has become the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and Elend Venture, the idealistic young nobleman who loves her, must build a healthy new society in the ashes of an empire.
The Hero of Ages — The Deepness has returned, along with unusually heavy ashfalls and powerful earthquakes. Humanity appears to be doomed. Vin and Eland investigate the past to save the future, and in the end, sacrifices must be made. In Towers of Midnight, the Last Battle has started.
The seals on the Dark One's prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight. Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck. To prevail, he must seek answers in Tel'aran'rhiod and find a way--at long last--to master the wolf within him or lose himself to it forever. Meanwhile, Matrim Cauthon prepares for the most difficult challenge of his life. The creatures beyond the stone gateways--the Aelfinn and the Eelfinn--have confused him, taunted him, and left him hanged, his memory stuffed with bits and pieces of other men's lives.
He had hoped that his last confrontation with them would be the end of it, but the Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills. The time is coming when he will again have to dance with the Snakes and the Foxes, playing a game that cannot be won. The Tower of Ghenjei awaits, and its secrets will reveal the fate of a friend long lost. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his squad of Bridgeburners, and for Tattersail, surviving cadre mage of the Second Legion, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead.
But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities of Genabackis, yet holds out. It is to this ancient citadel that Laseen turns her predatory gaze. However, it would appear that the Empire is not alone in this great game. Sinister, shadowbound forces are gathering as the gods themselves prepare to play their hand Conceived and written on a panoramic scale, Gardens of the Moon is epic fantasy of the highest order--an enthralling adventure by an outstanding new voice. Into the forbidden city of Rhuidean, where Rand al'Thor, now the Dragon Reborn, must conceal his present endeavor from all about him, even Egwene and Moiraine.
Into the luxurious hidden chamber where the Forsaken Rahvin is meeting with three of his fellows to ensure their ultimate victory over the Dragon.
Into the Queen's court in Caemlyn, where Morgase is curiously in thrall to the handsome Lord Gaebril. For once the dragon walks the land, the fires of heaven fall where they will, until all men's lives are ablaze. Winter has stopped the war—almost—yet men are dying, calling out for the Dragon. But where is he? In the Heart of the Stone lies the next great test of the Dragon reborn. A Crown of Swords — Elayne, Aviendha, and Mat come ever closer to the bowl ter'angreal that may reverse the world's endless heat wave and restore natural weather.
The Path of Daggers — Nynaeve, Elayne, and Aviendha head for Caemlyn and Elayne's rightful throne, but on the way they discover an enemy much worse than the Seanchan. Mazrim Taim, leader of the Black Tower, is revealed to be a liar. This is where it all begins -- with the tourist Twoflower and his wizard guide, Rincewind. The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler -- the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years -- has been vanquished.
Even more worrying, the mists have begun behaving strangely since the Lord Ruler died, and seem to harbor a strange vaporous entity that haunts her. Stopping assassins may keep Vin's Mistborn skills sharp, but it's the least of her problems. Luthadel, the largest city of the former empire, doesn't run itself, and Vin and the other members of Kelsier's crew, who lead the revolution, must learn a whole new set of practical and political skills to help.
It certainly won't get easier with three armies — one of them composed of ferocious giants — now vying to conquer the city, and no sign of the Lord Ruler's hidden cache of atium, the rarest and most powerful allomantic metal. As the siege of Luthadel tightens, an ancient legend seems to offer a glimmer of hope.
But even if it really exists, no one knows where to find the Well of Ascension or what manner of power it bestows. Three years ago, Lift asked a goddess to stop her from growing older--a wish she believed was granted. Now, in Edgedancer, the barely teenage nascent Knight Radiant finds that time stands still for no one. Although the young Azish emperor granted her safe haven from an executioner she knows only as Darkness, court life is suffocating the free-spirited Lift, who can't help heading to Yeddaw when she hears the relentless Darkness is there hunting people like her with budding powers.
The downtrodden in Yeddaw have no champion, and Lift knows she must seize this awesome responsibility. When Robert Jordan died in , all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.
Edited by Jordan's widow, who edited all of Jordan's books, A Memory of Light will delight, enthrall, and deeply satisfy all of Jordan's legions of readers. The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time. On the slopes of Shayol Ghul, the Myrddraal swords are forged, and the sky is not the sky of this world;. In Salidar the White Tower in exile prepares an embassy to Caemlyn, where Rand Al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, holds the throne--and where an unexpected visitor may change the world Morgase of Caemlyn finds a most unexpected, and quite unwelcome, ally And south lies Illian, where Sammael holds sway Elayne, Aviendha, and Mat come ever closer to the bowl ter'angreal that may reverse the world's endless heat wave and restore natural weather.
Egwene begins to gather all manner of women who can channel--Sea Folk, Windfinders, Wise Ones, and some surprising others. And above all, Rand faces the dread Forsaken Sammael, in the shadows of Shadar Logoth, where the blood-hungry mist, Mashadar, waits for prey. These wonderful works, originally published on Tor. Arcanum Unbounded will also contain the page Stormlight Archive novella "Edgedancer," which will appear in this book for the first time anywhere. It is a story of Lift, taking place between Words of Radiance and the forthcoming Oathbringer.
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Rand is on the run with Min, and in Cairhein, Cadsuane is trying to figure out where he is headed. Rand's destination is, in fact, one she has never considered. Perrin is desperately searching for Faile. With Elyas Machera, Berelain, the Prophet and a very mixed "army" of disparate forces, he is moving through country rife with bandits and roving Seanchan.
The Forsaken are ever more present, and united, and the man called Slayer stalks Tel'aran'rhiod and the wolfdream. Will the marriage that has been foretold come about? And when a mad elven wizard comes to the High King's court, Ridmark finds himself fighting not only for his own life, but for the lives of his family.
For the quest of the Seven Swords has begun. The classic collaboration from the internationally bestselling authors Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, soon to be an original series starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist. George R. There his family dwells in peace and comfort: his proud wife, Catelyn; his sons Robb, Brandon, and Rickon; his daughters Sansa and Arya; and his bastard son, Jon Snow.
Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse—unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season. Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances.