Nietzsche and the Vicious Circle  

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Nietzsche and the Vicious Circle ( Nietzsche et le cercle vicieux (Paris: Mercure de France, 1969)) is a book by Pierre Klossowski.

From the Translator’s Preface

"Pierre Klossowski’s Nietzsche and the Vicious Circle ranks alongside Martin Heidegger’s Nietzsche and Gilles Deleuze's Nietzsche and Philosophy as one of the most important and influential, as well as idiosyncratic, readings of Nietzsche to have appeared in Europe."


Translator’s Preface vii Introduction xiv 1 T he Com bat against Culture 1 2 The Valetudinary States at the Origin o f a Semiotic o f Impulses 15 3 T he Experience o f the Eternal Return 55 4 T he Valetudinary States at the Origin o f Four Criteria: D ecadence, V igour, Gregariousness, the Singular Case 74 5 A ttem pt at a Scientific Explanation o f the Eternal R eturn 93 6 The Vicious Circle as a Selective Doctrine 121 7 T he Consultation o f the Paternal Shadow 172 8 T he M ost Beautiful Invention o f the Sick 198 9 T he Euphoria o f Turin 208 10 Additional N ote on Nietzsche's Semiotic 254 Notes Index 262 274

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