Journal article

A Dynamic Interpretation of Nietzsche's "The Greatest Weight"

R Small

Nietzsche-Studien | Published : 2020


GS 341 is one of the most familiar of Nietzsche's writings. This article proposes a new reading that stands in contrast with most English-language Nietzsche scholarship. The text presents a communication and its reception. A 'demon' makes an announcement, and a hearer responds in one way or another. But there is also another narrative altogether, whose conceptual vocabulary comes from a dynamic world-view. In this an interaction of forces leads to a new situation. If the hearer is not crushed by the 'greatest weight', there must be an inner force that counteracts its impact. I argue that what Nietzsche calls amor fati is a state that allows our drives to achieve full expression, and so makes..

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