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What a Philosopher IsBecoming Nietzsche$
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Laurence Lampert

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226488110

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226488257.001.0001

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The Opening of “Sanctus Januarius

The Opening of “Sanctus Januarius

(p.219) Chapter 10 The Opening of “Sanctus Januarius
What a Philosopher Is

Laurence Lampert

University of Chicago Press

This chapter begins with the uniqueness of the “Sanctus Januarius” chapter of The Gay Science, its having a title, an epigraph-poem, a place, and a date. It treats the opening sections of Nietzsche’s chapter which begin autobiographically and state his own New Year’s wish: that amor fati, love of fatedness, be his guiding view. The chapter shows how autobiographical the opening sections of this Book are, including especially his discovery of an epoch-making insight that will mark a new chapter in human history. Also important are his celebrations of Genoa, the city in which he wrote “Sanctus Januarius” and whose Columbus-spirit he claimed as his own.

Keywords:   amor fati, autobiography, eternal return, Genoa

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