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Nietzsche on Time and History (review)

Nietzsche on Time and History (review) makes Nietzsche's work incomplete, since many of his observations cannot reach a complete form and become "theories." This is quite clear if one considers the inconstancy and changeability that characterize Nietzsche's lexicon, which are the sign of a work in progress as much as of the theoretical uncertainty of the thinker himself. The main evidence of this "theoretical fluidity" is the richness of the range of words that Nietzsche uses to define some relevant notions related to the wider theme of the consciousness. The examples that Lupo gives are that of the "time inversion" (47) and that of the consciousness status of "feeling" (99­100); they are both described by Nietzsche with many different words, and one cannot find a univocal and final definition of them. Therefore, with this book Lupo reaches two important outcomes: first, he deals with a subject of great interest that has not yet been deeply investigated; second, he clearly shows that the content of the unpublished notes can help us to describe Nietzsche in a new way, quite different from the poetic image drawn by the first scholars. Moreover, the notebooks reveal a great theoretical value, since their content is necessary to enlighten the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Nietzsche Studies Penn State University Press

Nietzsche on Time and History (review)

The Journal of Nietzsche Studies , Volume 39 (1) – May 30, 2010

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makes Nietzsche's work incomplete, since many of his observations cannot reach a complete form and become "theories." This is quite clear if one considers the inconstancy and changeability that characterize Nietzsche's lexicon, which are the sign of a work in progress as much as of the theoretical uncertainty of the thinker himself. The main evidence of this "theoretical fluidity" is the richness of the range of words that Nietzsche uses to define some relevant notions related to the wider theme of the consciousness. The examples that Lupo gives are that of the "time inversion" (47) and that of the consciousness status of "feeling" (99­100); they are both described by Nietzsche with many different words, and one cannot find a univocal and final definition of them. Therefore, with this book Lupo reaches two important outcomes: first, he deals with a subject of great interest that has not yet been deeply investigated; second, he clearly shows that the content of the unpublished notes can help us to describe Nietzsche in a new way, quite different from the poetic image drawn by the first scholars. Moreover, the notebooks reveal a great theoretical value, since their content is necessary to enlighten the

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The Journal of Nietzsche StudiesPenn State University Press

Published: May 30, 2010

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