The Agonist <p class="justify"><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 We publish only previously unpublished materials.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"><em>The Agonist</em> is published twice a year in May and November. </p> <p class="justify"><em>The Agonist</em> is indexed by <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">ERIH Plus</a> and <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">RePEc</a>. </p> <p class="m_4286799904046857366MsoNoSpacing"><strong>ISSN 2752-4132 (Print) </strong><strong>ISSN 2752-4140 (Online)</strong></p> en-US <p>All rights reserved.</p> (Michael Polesny) (TPL Admin) Wed, 24 Nov 2021 12:33:54 +0000 OJS 60 Front Matter The Agonist Copyright (c) 2021 Transnational Press London Wed, 24 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Nietzsche on Power and Value: A Response to John Richardson's Nietzsche's Values <p>The following article offers a critical appraisal of the central arguments of John Richardson’s <em>Nietzsche’s Values. </em>It contends that although the book provides a comprehensive and illuminating interpretation of Nietzsche’s naturalist approach to value, it overlooks the more essentialist dimensions of his account of power.</p> Tsarina Doyle Copyright (c) 2021 Author, The Agonist, Transnational Press London Wed, 24 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0000 "Coulda Nietzsche Shoulda" <p>This paper argues that Richardson’s interpretation of Nietzsche’s account of evaluative privilege doesn’t work, and that the project that depends on it fails.</p> Robert Guay Copyright (c) 2021 Author, The Agonist, Transnational Press London Wed, 24 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Review of Richardson's "Nietzsche's Values" <p>This article examines John Richardson’s <em>Nietzsche’s Values.&nbsp; </em>Richardson’s book is systematic in the very best sense. He patiently works through the apparently contrary claims that Nietzsche makes about each topic pertaining to values. In each chapter, Richardson shows that these apparently contrary claims are not only reconcilable, but are interlocking: they support one another, constituting an impressively unified analysis of the human condition. By the end of the book, Richardson produces a comprehensive analysis of Nietzsche’s thought on values, will to power, life, consciousness, agency, freedom, culture, and religion. While the book is impressive, I critique Richardson’s treatment of four points. Section One argues that the form of internalism that Richardson attributes to Nietzsche is somewhat underspecified. Section Two asks whether Richardson’s version of internalism can account for the immense distance between what we do value and what we should value. There, I also raise some questions Richardson’s interpretation of will to power. Section Three suggests that Richardson’s reading of Nietzsche’s ethics is much closer to constitutivism than he acknowledges, and that fully endorsing constitutivism would resolve some of the problems that Richardson’s account otherwise faces. Section Four argues that Richardson’s distinction between animal drives and socially induced drives is problematic.</p> Paul Katsafanas Copyright (c) 2021 Author, The Agonist, Transnational Press London Wed, 24 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Replies <p>Replies to the comments on <em>Nietzsche's Values</em> by Tsarina Doyle, Robert Guay, and Paul Katsafanas.</p> John Richardson Copyright (c) 2021 Author, The Agonist, Transnational Press London Wed, 24 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0000 The Role of Values in Nietzsche's Metaphilosophy <p class="Abstract"><span lang="EN-US">The goal of this essay is to show how we might gain new insight into the meaning of Nietzsche’s metaphilosophical lessons at the start of Beyond Good and Evil. Maudemarie Clark’s interpretation of these lessons is prima facie plausible and has gained widespread acceptance in the Anglophone community of Nietzsche scholars. According to this reading, Nietzsche thinks that philosophers cannot help but project their preferred values into their theories of the world and he thinks that this is true of his own theory of the world as will to power. I argue that there are severe problems with Clark’s supporting textual evidence and that we should therefore reconsider how we usually think today about the role of values in Nietzsche’s conception of philosophy and about the epistemic status that he grants to his own philosophical theories.</span></p> Paul S. Loeb Copyright (c) 2021 Author, The Agonist, Transnational Press London Wed, 24 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Guest Editor’s Note: “Nietzsche’s Philosophy and Values” <p>What is philosophy? What are values? What is the relation between philosophy and values? These are the principal questions introduced by Plato and taken up by Nietzsche in his bid to overthrow Plato’s legacy. Under the influence of Socrates, Plato prioritizes reason and goodness as the keys to answering these questions, but the “Darwinist” Nietzsche responds by emphasizing instead the instincts and the struggle for power. No one has done more to illuminate this response than John Richardson, and in this issue, we celebrate the publication of his third monograph on Nietzsche, entitled <em>Nietzsche’s Values</em> (Oxford University Press, 2020). In line with Nietzsche’s own agonistic conception of philosophical activity, we have asked three leading scholars who have been especially interested in Richardson’s work to examine, discuss, and interrogate the ideas in this new book: Tsarina Doyle, Robert Guay, and Paul Katsafanas. John has graciously agreed to offer some replies to their commentaries and evaluations.</p> <p>Many aspects of Nietzsche’s philosophy that once seemed especially odd or dubious have recently become more palatable due to the patient and persistent efforts of a community of dedicated scholars. For example, there is now less paradox associated with Nietzsche’s critique of truth and his perspectival approach to knowledge; there is less puzzlement about his emphasis on psychological drives and affects; and there is less controversy surrounding his conception of values and his genealogical investigation of morality. Maudemarie Clark should certainly be credited with much of this progress. Her analytical skills, hermeneutic sensitivity, and appreciation for contemporary philosophical sensibilities have helped us to understand aspects of Nietzsche’s thought that once seemed alien to the philosophical tradition. My essay examines and evaluates what I think is Clark’s most interesting and influential interpretive proposal. This is her claim that the start of <em>Beyond Good and Evil</em> shows how philosophers, including Nietzsche himself, cannot help but construct their pictures of the world in their own image and in the image of their preferred values.</p> Paul S. Loeb Copyright (c) 2021 Author, The Agonist, Transnational Press London Wed, 24 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0000