Agonist: A Nietzsche Circle Journal


Agonist: A Nietzsche Circle Journal

Publisher: Nietzsche Circle

The Agonist is a peer review refereed journal that publishes essays, interviews, and reviews. In the future, it will also feature current translations of heretofore unavailable Nietzsche texts and overviews of rare, obscure, or overlooked studies on Nietzsche’s thought or aspects of it that have received scant attention or been deemed marginal by the philosophical establishment.

The primary concern of The Agonist is with critical interrogations of Nietzsche’s aesthetics, which remain in demand of more significant attention. Although art to Nietzsche “is the great stimulus to life,” there is no total valorization of it in his work. As Philip Pothen noted in Nietzsche and the Fate of Art, “Nietzsche’s suspicion concerning art is perhaps the greatest of any since Plato’s, and even, it might be said, including Plato’s.” If this is true, a revaluation of Nietzsche’s aesthetics is duly in order.

A further intention of The Agonist is to instigate and spur new modes of writing on Nietzsche in order to embrace and develop different methods of examining his thought, methods that incorporate notions of experimentation and riddling—to write, for example, as rabbinical scholars write on The Torah, surrounding a text with numerous conflicting interpretations that come to no resolution, reflecting a radical perspectivism that refuses to offer definitive conclusions. The ‘dangerous maybe’ and the ‘questionable question’ that Nietzsche brings to bear in his agons must, too, be brought to bear against his thought.

In order to enact one of the practices of writing that Nietzsche engaged in, The Agonist will include a section strictly devoted to exegesis. No journal on Nietzsche currently features such writing. This unique section will contain ruminative reflections on passages from Nietzsche’s oeuvre in the manner of the third essay of On the Genealogy of Morals: A Polemic. Its purpose is to foster the art of reading like a cow and writing with blood that Nietzsche struggled to instigate and that his work demands. Blood, however, can also be “the worst witness of truth.” “It is more,” Zarathustra says, “when one’s own teaching comes out of one’s own blaze.”

The Agonist will also publish reviews of works not directly concerned with Nietzsche that the editors consider relevant or of particular importance to its overall aestheticophilosophic concerns.


Agonist is available free of charge as an Open Access journal on the Internet.

Articles available in HTML and PDF format.

Current Issue: Volume III Issue 1 Spring 2010

Date: 9 July 2010

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