Nietzsche and the Question of Interpretation
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of contradictory drives is not sufficient for the attribution of value. Rather, a “higher lawfulness” and “order of rank” is imposed from a certain perspective which Nietzsche's genealogical analysis seeks to decipher as life-enhancing or life-negating. Thus, decadent style appears as the imposition of a lawfulness ultimately leading to the dissolution of the whole and the impoverishment of life, while the lawfulness of the grand style imposes a form upon chaos that results in a disciplining to
Michele Le Doeuff when she speaks of escaping from the prison of “commentary trapped between the alternatives of violation and fidelity” in “Women and Philosophy,” translated by Debbie Pope, in French Feminist Thought: A Reader, edited by Toril Moi (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1987), p. 206. We might say, to bring Foucault's notion of the author-function into this context, that if the modern author-function is determined in part as the possessor of his or her discourse (see “What is an Author?” in
his part, follows Schleiermacher in calling for a general hermeneutics, but in so doing, he broadens the scope of hermeneutical application. Like Schleiermacher, Dilthey sees hermeneutics as the “methodology of the understanding of recorded expressions,”7 but he criticizes Schleiermacher for limiting hermeneutics to the analysis of “understanding which is a reshaping or reconstruction on the basis of its relationship to the process of literary creation.”8 Dilthey regards hermeneutics as having a
allow themselves the greatest multiplicity of contradictory perspectives, while maintaining the formative power of self-dominion and the ability to discipline themselves to wholeness (see e.g., TI, “Skirmishes,” 49; WP, 899, 900, 933, 957, 960, 972, 976). Nietzsche's metaphor for this new type of person, this grand stylist and grand politician who has mastered the problem of the order of rank is Dionysus. It must be remembered that the concept of the Dionysian is transformed in the progression