Unreal Nature

December 11, 2019

Some Inner Orientation

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… Will is the direction(s) of the world that we can make our own.

Continuing through The Incorporeal: Ontology, Ethics, and the Limits of Materialism by Elizabeth Grosz (2017). In this chapter, Grosz is writing about Nietzsche:

… Life is ethics; life affirmed fully, each in its own way, each with its own nature and fate, is what ethics reflects on and philosophizes. Philosophy, at its best — Nietzschean philosophy — is how one comes to understand the nature of the world, the nature of life, and the nature of this particular life. It expresses and articulates, sometimes in poetry, sometimes in aphorisms, sometimes in exclamations or even arguments, the inner wills’ affirmation of the external causal chains that confront them and which they must address.

[line break added] A new kind of philosophy will rely on “inspiration,” revelation, or intuition, that is, what is sensual in life, what we feel, some inner orientation; and its cohesion and force comes from outside, from the world itself: “The concept of revelation — in the sense that suddenly, with indescribable certainty and subtlety, something becomes visible, audible, something that shakes one to the last depths and throws one down — that merely describes the facts. One hears, one does not seek; one accepts, one does not ask who gives; like lightning, a thought flashes up, with necessity, without hesitation regarding its form — I never had any choice.”

… Will is the direction(s) of the world that we can make our own.

My most recent previous post from Grosz’s book is here.

-Julie

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