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This decadence is all the more deplorable in The Rage of Caliban 38 light of the potential he accords to art for acting as a counter movement to the debilitating effects of general nihilism. The most infamous case is of course Richard Wagner, who seems to become a kind of scapegoat for Nietzsche’s disappointments, but the same names that Wilde cite in The Decay of Lying crop up on Nietzsche’s list of decadents, including Flaubert, Zola, and the English ‘naturalist’ tradition in general. Not only do these inherited forms of aesthetics bear no relation to contemporary culture and its problems, says Nietzsche, but they also offer no alternative to it.

Importantly, from this point on the concept of ‘objectivity’ can no longer be viewed in a Kantian light. It can no longer be understood as ‘contemplation without interest’ (which is a nonsensical absurdity) but as the ability to control ones pros and cons and to dispose of them, so that one knows how to employ a variety of perspectives and affective interpretations in the service of knowledge (GM, III, 2). If the ideal of objectivity survives at all, it will be in a humbler, more heuristic form, in a Nietzschean call for a ‘panoptics’.

Vital in the evolution of reason, says Nietzsche, was the requirement not to know, but to subsume, to schematize, for the purpose of intelligibility and calculation; the evolution of reason is adaptation, invention, in order to produce similarity, identity—the same process every sense impression goes through. (WP, 515) 11 This is of course not the last that we will hear of Socrates. Except for a few ‘English psychologists’ there is nobody that Nietzsche rejects outright. He considers it bad form.

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