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Conclusion: The Melancholy of Having Finished

Daniel Berthold

in The Ethics of Authorship

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780823233946
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240432 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823233946.003.0009
Conclusion: The Melancholy of Having Finished

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This chapter presents some concluding thoughts from the author. At the end of Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil, he expresses his melancholy at having finished. This beautiful, haunting closing to Nietzsche's text is a dirge to the tragic nature of language and authorship. Nietzsche's dirge is Kierkegaard's as well. Kierkegaard's authorship, like Nietzsche's, is an annulment of his true self, which is fully alive only in the pathos of the inwardness that precedes speech. Hegel could never have written such a dirge, which contradicts his entire philosophy of language and style and ethics of authorship.

Keywords: Søren Kierkegaard; Friedrich Nietzsche; G. W. F. Hegel; authorship; dirge; language

Chapter.  685 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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