Saturday, February 19, 2005

Nietzsche on Classics and Classicists

Where do we see the effect of classical antiquity? Not in language, not in the imitation of this or that, and surely not in the absurdity displayed by the French. Our museums are crammed; I always feel nauseated when I see statues--pure and naked in the Greek manner--confronted with this mindless Philistinism which wants to swallow everything.

i wonder whether nietzsche saw portents of continental things to come in his dreams. what would he have seen the in the department of french absurdity? derrida? lyotard? foucault?

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