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The Invention of a PeopleHeidegger and Deleuze on Art and the Political$
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Janae Sholtz

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748685356

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748685356.001.0001

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Deleuze’s Nietzsche

Deleuze’s Nietzsche

(p.47) 2 Deleuze’s Nietzsche
The Invention of a People

Janae Sholtz

Edinburgh University Press

Chapter Two develops the Nietzschean themes that are significant to the progression of Deleuze’s philosophy in four sections. The first addresses Nietzsche’s overturning of Platonism, claiming that this points to an entirely new ontological system that affirms the power of difference. Then Deleuze’s understanding of Nietzsche’s will to power as a pre-subjective ontology of forces is addressed. The third section provides a picture of the deviation between Heidegger and Deleuze through the interpretation of the eternal return. The final section applies the conclusions of Deleuze’s interrogation of Nietzsche: the pre-personal, ontological status of force [will to power], the incessant and contradictory becoming of eternal return, and the power of the simulacrum, pointing both towards a notion of the transformation of the human engendered from the thought of repetition of difference and beyond the human in terms of a pre-individual realm of being upon which individuals and events are predicated.

Keywords:   force, Nietzsche, Deleuze, will to power, simulacrum, eternal return, reversing Platonism

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