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Amor Fati като Дионисиев императив
Amor fati as a Dionysian Imperative

Author(s): Antoan Asenov
Subject(s): Philosophy, Philosophical Traditions, Existentialism
Published by: Институт по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: Nietzsche; chance; fate; chaos; Dionysus; affirmation of life

Summary/Abstract: Amor fati – love of fate. In the late years of his life, Nietzsche was obsessed with this theme: the need to love one’s destiny and to accept every single event and occurrence in life as a building part of one’s personal essence. He considered amor fati as an imperative and as “the highest state a philosopher can attain”: „that one wants nothing to be different, not forward, not backward, not in all eternity. Not merely bear what is necessary, still less conceal it – but love it.” Dionysian affirmation of life – those are the words Nietzsche uses to describe this highest state. In the same time, throughout his development as a thinker, Nietzsche accentuates the completely accidental character of all being, its initial irrationality, its absence of meaning, its complete purposeless. What are the implications of fate in a philosophy that places chaos and chance at the very heart of existence? This is the main question I try to answer here.

  • Issue Year: XXXI/2022
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 99-105
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Bulgarian