This blog will not be written by Friedrich Nietzsche. I, a student of Nietzsche’s writings, will write this blog. I have been deeply enough influenced by Nietzsche’s ideas to refer to many (though not all) of my ideas as at least broadly Nietzschean. Nonetheless, the ideas posted on this blog will be mine and not necessarily his.
This leaves a question to address right up front—-if this blog is actually about my ideas and not always necessarily Nietzsche’s, why not just refer to this blog as a place to find my “Finckean” ideas? Why call it at all a place to find primarily “NIetzschean” ideas? The reasons for this are that (1) at this stage in my philosophical development, my ideas are so related to his that they’re often better understood as his ideas than mine and (2) I also want to encourage wherever possible the increased discussion of ideas within broadly Nietzschean paradigms. I want to signal to the site’s visitors that if they’re interested in exploring what contemporary or “universally” philosophical issues look like through broadly Nietzschean paradigms, this is a place where they can do that. I want to encourage other Nietzscheans to contribute their perspectives here as well through comments and blog posts. I want to create a place where people of this particular basic likemindedness can compare their interpretations of Nietzsche’s philosophy and their competing views on its correctness and its applications to contemporary issues and other subjects of thought he never addressed.
But it’s not a place for the dogmatic preaching of Nietzschean ideas. It is not a place where everyone will necessarily agree with Nietzschean ideas. It is a place where Nietzschean ideas will seduce us to many a new venture of thought and promise nothing more definitive than that.
This is also a place where sometimes, maybe even frequently, the connections between Nietzschean ideas and our own will seem (and maybe even be) tenuous at best. Maybe I will prove not much of a purveyor of Nietzschean ideas after all. Maybe I will prove myself so distinctly different a thinker from Nietzsche as to be not really much of a “Nietzschean” at all. In that case? Alle zu besser.