Den historiske feber: Om sygdomsmetaforikken i Nietzsches historieskrift

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The article explores the use of illness as a metaphor in Nietzsche’s On the Use and Abuse of History for Life. This involves a critical-diagnostic as well as a practical-programmatic aspect that correspond to Nietzsche’s measure for a good philosophy of history: the artistically productive life. Nietzsche’s text has been accused of lacking in deduction but this article argues that the method in this work should instead be understood as a literary and associative approach which manifests itself in the consistent use of illness as a metaphor. Finally, the attention is turned towards perspectives of illness in Nietzsche’s additional work and reception.
Original languageDanish
JournalTidsskrift for Medier, Erkendelse og Formidling
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)93-114
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Nietzsche
  • Metaphors
  • History
  • Illness
  • Critique

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