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Untimely mimesis: philosophical expression in the young Nietzsche

Grant number: 22/00707-6
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2022
Effective date (End): February 28, 2026
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Philosophy - History of Philosophy
Principal Investigator:Oswaldo Giacoia Junior
Grantee:Pedro Nagem de Souza
Host Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


The problematics of culture and expression go across Nietzsche's thought, having their first formulation in the texts of his so-called ""youth"" phase. If we look at the texts chronologically close to the Untimely Considerations, the project of inserting philosophy into the task of culture involves a reflection on the nature of language, knowledge and Philosophy. In this context, ways of thinking, acting and saying overlap as functions of a whole designated either as the health of culture, or as its style unit. This implies an internal tension to the cultural/philosophical dynamics, because if the philosopher aims to unify the impulses within the culture, he also reflects, in his expressive process, an intuited totality of the primordial one. At this point, the figure of the playwrighter presents himself as a synthesis of the philosophical expressive process, with the philosophical activity of naming/valuing a mimetic analogue of dramatic expression. The proximity between these two figures is, at the same time, coherent and unexpected. This is because, in the mimetic horizon established by Plato and appropriated in different contexts throughout modernity, there would be a fundamental difference between the figure of the philosopher and that of the poet/actor. The theme of mimesis thus encompasses those two Nietzschean problems in a broader context, raising, on the one hand, the question of Nietzsche's relationship with the modern and romantic traditions, and, on the other, extending the consequences of this question to contemporary reflection. Therefore, I intend, first, to approach the mimetic problematic in the first Nietzsche, considering its internal coherence, articulating the questions of culture and philosophical expression in an immanent reading; and then, to approach its historical insertion both retrospectively, aiming at the modern and romantic mimesis, and prospectively, observing the contemporary continuity of the question. (AU)

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