Organizing the Chaos Within: Nietzsche's Demand That We Dance
Nietzsche's writings provide a brilliant account of obstacles to human greatness. This paper will begin by exposing those cultural forces that weaken the modern personality as detailed in Nietzsche's Untimely Meditations. However, the focus of the paper is not on cultural diagnosis or even prognosis but on dancing as a cure for spiritually afflicted humanity. The purpose of humanistic studies is to cultivate better humans. Looking at passages in Thus Spoke Zarathustra and On the Genealogy of Morals, this paper will focus on Nietzsche's proposal that dancing is a preferred remedy to spiritually diseased humanity in the modern world. The purpose of humanistic studies is to promote better human beings. Nietzsche argues that dancing must supplement reading and writing in order to fight the debilitating mulitiplicity of passions operating within each of us.
Keywords: Nietzsche, Terpsichorean, Dance, Chaos, EWeakened Personality
Dr. David Horkott
Assistant Professor of Humanities, Department of Philosophy, Palm Beach Atlantic University