From Dialectic to Dionysus
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Traditional Nietzscheans, in their characterization of Nietzsche, have overlooked some significant though nuanced aspects of Nietzsche's Genealogy. They have misconstrued many of his "'Titings as being much more radical than was Nietzsche's intention. Most of all, they have overlooked some very important ways in which Nietzsche and Hegel are working toward the same end: a conception of free agency. On the other hand, deconstructive theorists have taken for granted a number of fundamentally irreconcilable contrasts between Nietzsche's and Hegel's views of knowledge, freedom, and agency. In fact, I will assert that Jurist is far too lenient in his interpretation of Nietzsche. While much of Nietzsche's discussion of mastery and dominance is metaphorical and does pertain to the self, there is a distinct Hobbesian sentiment in his writing. What's more, deconstructive Nietzscheans grossly underestimate Nietzsche's adherence to "perspectivism" above a Cartesian, Hegelian, or Kantian epistemological notion. Therefore, both traditional and deconstructive Nietzscheans have, in some ways, misrepresented the Nietzsche/Hegel conversation by interpreting Nietzsche's philosophy in one way or another.