The Agonist <p class="justify"><a title="The Agonist" href=""><em><img style="padding: 0 15px; float: left;" src="" alt="The Agonist" width="153" height="199" /></em></a><strong><em>The Agonist</em> </strong>is an journal dedicated to the investigation of Nietzsche’s works and his influences on contemporary culture in different fields such as arts, philosophy, religion, and science, to name only a few. In the spirit of his philosophical pursuit, the journal publishes essays within Nietzsche scholarship and beyond academia. The journal also examines Nietzsche’s relationship to figures from previous ages, as we have done in one of our issues entitled “Nietzsche in History.” Furthermore, Nietzsche continues to inspire many artistic, cultural, and intellectual movements. We explore his influences on such movements with authors who work in these areas, as we have done in the issue on Nietzsche and Trans- and Post-humanism. In addition to essays and book reviews, we also publish interviews and exegeses. We publish only previously unpublished materials. <em>The Agonist</em> is an international peer-reviewed journal, which is read all over the world. </p> <p class="justify"><em>The Agonist</em> is published by <a href=""><em>Transnational Press London</em></a> on behalf of the <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Nietzsche Circle</em></a>. The journal is made available only through the modest subscription collections we receive from libraries and readers. If you believe in the mission of this journal, we kindly ask you to support us.</p> <p class="justify">The Agonist is published twice a year in May and November.</p> <p class="m_4286799904046857366MsoNoSpacing"><strong>ISSN 2752-4132 (Print) </strong><strong>ISSN 2752-4140 (Online)</strong></p> Transnational Press London en-US The Agonist 2752-4132 <p>All rights reserved.</p> Nietzsche on Digestion and Nutrition <p>Because of the current coronavirus pandemic, international organisations pay a lot of attention to the importance of a healthy diet. Nietzsche, too, wrote extensively about this topic. In how far could his insights have an added value for our current situation? To answer this question, we will look at Nietzsche’s use of the words ‘stomach’ and ‘digestion’. We shall see that Nietzsche discusses these concepts against the background of his cultural critique of modernity. It is two, seemingly incompatible, ideals of a strong stomach that are dominant in Nietzsche’s discourse: the stomach that searches for the largest ‘opposites’ and the ‘indigestible’ on the one hand, and the stomach that is very selective and picky, and only digests what suits him. In the end, a third factor is added: the classic ideal of ‘know thyself. This ideal brings together the two former opposites (as it fits some stomachs best to search for their opposites) and it proves to be productive for the current discussions in medical ethics.</p> Janske Hermens Copyright (c) 2021 Author, The Agonist, Transnational Press London 2021-03-31 2021-03-31 15 1 3 14 10.33182/agon.v15i1.1432 Nietzsche on Sickness and Health <p>Living in the time of a pandemic, where illness has become a prominent concern, it might do well to consider Nietzsche’s thinking on sickness and health, which is far from a clear-cut delineation and calls for careful and circumspect analysis. I begin by distinguishing three types of sickness and health: physical, psychological, and cultural, where health in each type can initially be understood as flourishing unimpaired by sickness. Physical illness involves some infirmity of the body, such as cancer or viral infection. Psychological illness is some malady of the mind, such as depression. Cultural illness is the kind of thing emphasized by Nietzsche and involves a worldview that is symptomatic of life denial and nihilism when measured against natural life instincts, energies, and needs—for instance, the story Nietzsche tells about slave morality and its production of the ascetic ideal that has contaminated Western thought.</p> Lawrence J. Hatab Copyright (c) 2021 Author, The Agonist, Transnational Press London 2021-03-31 2021-03-31 15 1 15 24 10.33182/agon.v15i1.1433 Sick of It All <p>In a brief statement concerning our current global crisis, made one month into the Covid-19 pandemic, the philosopher Bernard Stiegler invited us to regard confinement as a gift. Drawing on his own experience of confinement following his incarceration for a series of bank robberies in the late 1970s, Stiegler argued that confinement can provide us with a much needed opportunity for reflection, and to reconnect with practices of traditional care and education—practices everywhere threatened by the destruction of intergenerational connectedness. “Confinement,” he wrote, “can revive the memory and meaning of past ways of life” (2020, 2). His hope appears to have been that in confinement and quarantine we might find the ability to think again, and to rethink what it means to be able to be and to do things together.</p> Jared Russell Copyright (c) 2021 Author, The Agonist, Transnational Press London 2021-03-31 2021-03-31 15 1 25 30 10.33182/agon.v15i1.1430 Outrunning COVID-19 II: My Trip to Aeæa <p>I live close to my university and I have been taking my meals at the school canteen but it has been shuttered because of COVID-19. Tonight I will make pasta in a double boiler: pasta cooks in the bottom and cherry tomatoes steam on top, served with olive oil. Not too shabby! The students are still in lockdown in the dormitory, going on four months now. I miss Rolande, a young woman from the DRC. “Roland" is a boy’s name, but my young woman friend Rolande, spelt with an “e”, was named after the famous hero of Roncesvalles even so, she tells me. I wish she could come for dinner again, and if only I had some Asiago cheese like I saw at Lille this summer to go with my pasta. I’ve been thinking like this a lot these days.</p> Thomas Steinbuch Copyright (c) 2021 Author, The Agonist, Transnational Press London 2021-03-31 2021-03-31 15 1 31 37 10.33182/agon.v15i1.1429 Front Matter <p>Front matter and table of contents</p> The Agonist Copyright (c) 2021 Transnational Press London 2021-03-31 2021-03-31 15 1 Editorial Introduction <p>Abstract</p> <p>Emergency! Welcome to our special midseason issue of <em>The Agonist</em>: “Nietzsche &amp; Illness.” Of course, Nietzsche discusses illness, sickness, disease, and health in different contexts in different texts. Sometimes illness refers to the trauma produced by the mass psychosis of Christianity (<em>The Antichrist</em>), sometimes an intellectual neurosis (“On the Prejudices of Philosopher” in <em>Beyond Good and Evil</em>), and sometimes illness simply denotes physiological pain—including Nietzsche’s own bodily ailments. The current COVID-19 pandemic has ignited new scholarly treatments of these illnesses. We have tried in this issue to imagine not what Nietzsche would say about COVID, but how his works can inform our response to the virus. Our contributing writers contend with how to act and react to our ongoing public health crisis by offering panaceas, coping devices, and defense mechanisms for the body, mind, and free spirit.</p> The Agonist Editorial Board Copyright (c) 2021 Author, The Agonist, Transnational Press London 2021-03-31 2021-03-31 15 1 1 2 10.33182/agon.v15i1.1431