Small Moments and individual taste

In Volker Caysa & Konstanze Schwarzwald (eds.), Nietzsche - macht - größe. Nietzsche - philosoph der größe der macht oder der macht der größe? deGruyter. pp. 155-168 (2012)
In a note from 1881 (KSA 9, 11 [156]) Nietzsche talks about the “infinitely small moment” as “the highest reality and truth” for the individual who tries to contrast the “uniformity of sensations” and to affirm his “idiosyncratic taste”. In doing so, he gives to the briefest of moments a leading role, since one can see it as the reference point of a dialectic between man and society. In fact, the single moment reveals the unavoidable becoming even of human taste, and shows that any metaphysics of substances stating the existence of an individual subject must be rejected. Moreover, in this note Nietzsche states some ideas on the herd instinct he’ll deal with in The Gay Science, and considers the value of the anthropology established by the science, since it determines “how man – and NOT the individual ‒ experiences things and himself”. In doing so, Nietzsche starts thinking about the relationship between the plane of the individual and the wider one of the society, in which one can find the standardized “normal taste” useful for human beings’ preservation. In my paper I’ll carry out these brief sketches, and study both the subjects of this relationship. In particular, I’ll focus on the dialectic between “small” and “big” on the plane of the social community, showing the deep connections with Nietzsche’s theory of knowledge and his notion of truth.
Keywords Friedrich Nietzsche  Subjectivity  Individual being  Political subjectivity  Michel Foucault
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DOI 10.1515/9783110245721.155
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