By Susana Nuccetelli, Ofelia Schutte, Otávio Bueno
This finished selection of unique essays written through a world staff of students addresses the primary topics in Latin American philosophy.Represents the main finished survey of historic and modern Latin American philosophy to be had todayComprises a particularly commissioned selection of essays, a lot of them written through Latin American authorsExamines the historical past of Latin American philosophy and its present matters, lines the advance of the self-discipline, and gives biographical sketches of key Latin American thinkersShowcases the variety of methods, matters, and kinds that signify the sphere
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APOLLO AND DIONYSUS Nietzsche offers more than a symptomatology of the modern malaise. In addition to pointing out the various sores and ailments of Western culture, he identifies the common cause of these symptoms. In the spirit of revenge lies the urge to distort the natural order of the world, and this disposition is caused by a lack of Dionysian vitality. For Nietzsche, the natural world is a chaotic flux of unorganized energy that has no purpose or meaning except the expression of the power that NIETZSCHEAN NIHILISM 25 makes up its being.
Karl Löwith, a student of Heidegger’s, has written that the “fascination with Heidegger’s thinking is based primarily on this religious undertone. . ”46 Being comes to sound more and more like God, and Heidegger’s writing, especially in his later years, becomes increasingly uncanny. One starts to get the impression that Heidegger is on his way toward some sort of beatific vision, and that the tools of language are unable to adequately express the glory and the power of what is making its appearance through him.
The inversion of the natural order, and thus the submission of Dionysus to Apollo, is the root cause of humankind’s spiritual and social ills, but it is also a symptom of the natural process that makes up Being. Slave revolts must happen from time to time in order to produce strong masters, and the strongest of masters are those who recognize in these revolts the necessary conditions of the ongoing struggle for earthly power. The human who can unresentfully claim “What does not destroy me, makes me stronger”28 understands the import of the doctrine of the eternal return.
A Companion to Latin American Philosophy by Susana Nuccetelli, Ofelia Schutte, Otávio Bueno