STEPHAN GÜNZEL Mental landscapes do not change haphazardly through the ages: a mountain had to rise here or a river to flow by there again recently for the ground, now dry and flat, to have a particular appearance and texture. --Gilles Deleuze/Félix Guattari n the following, I interpret Nietzsche according to Gilles Deleuze's and Félix Guattari's concept of `geophilosophy,' a category they introduced into philosophical discourse in 1991. Deleuze and Guattari raised the question of the status of a geographical paradigm within the positioning of philosophical problems. They did this specifically with respect to the meaning of landscape metaphors, descriptions of the sea, and mountaineering analogies in philosophical texts.1 Their work redefines the utopian structure inherent in most philosophies (especially revolutionary theories) in a geographical context that usually persists in the presence of the absence of the place to come. This redefinition consists in the transformation of a temporal structure back into the spatial structure from which, they claim, it originally stemmed. In their final book What Is Philosophy? Deleuze and Guattari called Nietzsche the one who "founded geophilosophy."2 According to that notion, I will begin by characterizing the significance of geophilosophy in light of Nietzsche. The predominance
The Journal of Nietzsche Studies – Penn State University Press
Published: Jul 8, 2003
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