[SydPhil] Seminar @ UNSW, Tuesday: Joanne Faulkner, Dialectics of affect in Nietzsche's imagined community

Joanne Faulkner j.faulkner at unsw.edu.au
Wed Aug 1 10:30:24 AEST 2012

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Joanne Faulkner (UNSW)

Disgust, Purity, and a Longing forCompanionship:
Dialectics of Affect in Nietzsche’s Imagined Community

Nietzsche’s relationship to his contemporaries, as expressed in his writings, was often figured by corporeal imagery evocative of disgust. For instance, in the Genealogy Nietzsche declared himself (and a hypothetical “we”) to suffer from mankind—which he then proceeds to describe as “maggot”- or worm-like. Nietzsche’s philosophical project itself can be interpreted as a visceral protest against, and attempt to overcome humanity. This paper argues that Nietzsche attempted through his writings to create a future community of like-constituted companions in hisreaders through a transmission of affect and education in taste. This would-be community is premised on a curious affective dialectic that seeks to transform disgust for humanity into a pure movement of self-creation. The socio-political effects of this dialectic of disgust will be examined alongside Nietzsche’s co-option of images of purity, in order to evaluate his response to modern nihilism.

Joanne Faulkner is an ARC DECRA fellow in the School of Humanities, UNSW. She is the author of Dead Letters to Nietzsche (Ohio UP, 2010) and The Importance of Being Innocent (Cambridge, 2011), and has published articles in the Journal of Nietzsche Studies, Critical Horizons, Angelaki, and Hypatia, among other journals. Her current research explores the significance and use of the figure of the child in discursive formations of cultural memory and identity, and in political philosophy.

1 p.m. Tuesday 7 August
Morven Brown Bldg, Room 308B
(map ref. C20: http://www.facilities.unsw.edu.au/Maps/pdf/kensington.pdf)

A lunch is provided.

contact: j.faulkner at unsw.edu.au<mailto:j.faulkner at unsw.edu.au>
Dr Joanne Faulkner
ARC DECRA Research Fellow
School of Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Room 338, Morven Brown Building
University of New South Wales
Kensington, NSW 2052

j.faulkner at unsw.edu.au
+61 2 9385 2287
Co-Government/Institutional Representative, Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy: http://www.ascp.org.au
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