Captain Skyhawk (epictetus_rex) wrote in thspaknietzsche,
Captain Skyhawk

Dear Nietzche Scholars,

O learned ones, hear my plea. I have two questions.

I am doing a large project, studying Nietzchean influences on modern ethical thinkers. Bernard Williams and Ricky Rorty are the most obvious candidates, but do you know of any others, roughly in the analytic tradition, who display some kind of Nietzschean outlook?

My second question is more complex. Given the famous characterization of Will To Power from BGE 259:

Anything which] is a living and not a dying body... will have to be an incarnate will to power, it will strive to grow, spread, seize, become predominant - not from any morality or immorality but because it is living and because life simply is will to power!

Do you think it's reasonable to conclude that Will To Power is the wellspring of ALL human action? That is to say, we cannot act but out of (conscious or unconscious) will to expand, grow, dominate?

If this is the case, doesn't it seem ludicrous that Nietzsche is often portrayed as commanding us to excercise our WTP? What sense could there be in such a command, when we cannot help but act under the influence of WTP?

As a corollary, what do YOU see as Nietzsche's ultimate command/reccomendation? It is purely existential, involving affirmation in the face of eternal recurrence? Or is it more other-directed, perhaps a command to protect ourselves from domination by others?
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