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Roy Scranton's journalism, essays, and reviews have been published in Rolling Stone,, the New York TimesBoston Review, Los Angeles Review of BooksContemporary LiteratureThe Appendix, and elsewhere. He is one of the editors of Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War (Da Capo, 2013). His book Learning to Die in the Anthropocene is forthcoming from City Lights in the fall of 2015.

21 October 2007

Kaufmann is wrong

First off, I've got an article about Iraq which is going to be published in the Dec. 2007 issue of City, an academic journal that focuses on 'analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action.' Here is a preprint version of the article [Official Caveat: This is a preprint of an article submitted for consideration in CITY:ANALYSIS OF URBAN TRENDS 11.3 [2007] [copyright Taylor & Francis]; CITY:ANALYSIS OF URBAN TRENDS is available online at: http://journalsonline.tandf.co.uk/]. The final version will be somewhat different, and it will also have pictures.

And so, other than that, it's mainly been a lot of reading for school. I read Hollingdale's biography of Nietzsche, called Nietzsche, and also Nietzsche's Daybreak, which is excellent. Reread the Euthyphro, the Apology and the Crito. Reread the first book of Zarathustra, reread bits of The Gay Science. I've been reading some of Nietzche's lectures on the Pre-Platonic philosophers as well. Read J. Glenn Gray's The Warriors, which is a philosophical reflection on his experiences as a soldier in WW2. It's quite good, perceptive and sagacious, but marred by a tendency to Heideggerian metaphysics. Am almost halfway through Kaufmann's Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist--far enough to feel like Kaufmann is wrong... We can explain Nietzsche, but I think Kaufmann works too hard to make him explicable. Perhaps that's a bit of sophistry. To put it another way, in attempting to extricate major ideas and central doctrines from Nietzsche, Kaufmann must make the seriously mistaken presupposition that Nietzsche had ideas and doctrines that are available to us in his works. Nietzsche presents us with metaphors, investigations and his own practice, but doctrines are hard to come by. Also am working through Human, All-too Human.

I wish I had more interesting things to say now, and I certainly am thinking interesting things, here and there at least, but when it comes to posting, I find myself feeling harried and rushed. So instead, here is a picture of sheep.