Toward an Ethos of Agonism
This chapter uses the analytic criteria for assessing contests to articulate dynamics Nietzsche indicates as disabling in the Christian contest. He provides criteria for assessing contests relative to their efficacy in marshaling productive, organizing cultural forces. Agonistic institutions potentially facilitate the creation and recreation of values, and this is their most attractive feature for Nietzsche; he evaluates what forms of action are encouraged and supported in the organizational structure that constitutes the Christian agon. The author, following this analysis, expands the scope to Nietzsche’s considerations of the phenomenon of morality more broadly, touching on how it construes the moral subject and a dynamic structure of agency. Finally, the author returns to Nietzsche’s claim in Ecce Homo that success in his analyses of morality and subjectivity will result in morality being overcome—making it a concern no longer.
Keywords: analytic criteria, Christian contest, agonistic institutions, Christian agon, morality