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Nietzsche and Wallace on Self-Affirmation and Affirmability

Nietzsche and Wallace on Self-Affirmation and Affirmability <p>Abstract:</p><p>This article brings to bear aspects of Nietzsche&apos;s understanding of the affirmation of life on R. Jay Wallace&apos;s account in <i>The View from Here</i> (2013). While Wallace takes as a sufficient condition for an individual to affirm her life (what I call "self-affirmation") that she prefer on balance the life she actually lived over the alternative of not having lived at all, he claims that, because of the lamentable past conditions causally connected to our lives, the normative bases for self-affirmation are generally absent. I propose an interpretation of Nietzsche on which achieving self-affirmation is not simply a matter of forming certain preferences regarding one&apos;s life; instead, achieving the warrant for self-affirmation involves the sort of life one has lived, namely a life engaged in the pursuit of growth (the exercise of the will to power), in part through confrontation with the problematic and questionable aspects of life.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Nietzsche Studies Penn State University Press

Nietzsche and Wallace on Self-Affirmation and Affirmability

The Journal of Nietzsche Studies , Volume 48 (3) – Nov 22, 2017

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Abstract

<p>Abstract:</p><p>This article brings to bear aspects of Nietzsche&apos;s understanding of the affirmation of life on R. Jay Wallace&apos;s account in <i>The View from Here</i> (2013). While Wallace takes as a sufficient condition for an individual to affirm her life (what I call "self-affirmation") that she prefer on balance the life she actually lived over the alternative of not having lived at all, he claims that, because of the lamentable past conditions causally connected to our lives, the normative bases for self-affirmation are generally absent. I propose an interpretation of Nietzsche on which achieving self-affirmation is not simply a matter of forming certain preferences regarding one&apos;s life; instead, achieving the warrant for self-affirmation involves the sort of life one has lived, namely a life engaged in the pursuit of growth (the exercise of the will to power), in part through confrontation with the problematic and questionable aspects of life.</p>

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The Journal of Nietzsche StudiesPenn State University Press

Published: Nov 22, 2017

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