Philosophy in the manner of Plato should rather be defined as an erotic contest, as a further development and inward intensification of the old agonal gymnastics and their Presuppostions. —Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols, Sum 23.”
“To ‘give style’ to one’s character – a great and rare art!” – The Gay Science
“If I am occasionally a little over-dressed, I make up for it by being always immensely over-educated.” – The Importance of Being Earnest
We welcome you to the new issue of The Agonist, in our early 21st century of fast fashion and even faster architecture where ever new brands of commodity fetishism seem to preclude the possibility of new aesthetic values. We now fully inhabit a veritable “Junkspace” that architect Rem Koolhas mourned-and-warned us was coming in his scathing elegy for the creative spirit: “We do not leave pyramids. According to a new gospel of ugliness, there is already more Junkspace under construction in the twenty-first century than has survived from the twentieth.”
At The Agonist, we encourage and support graduate students, young writers and other rising talent in Nietzsche scholarship. In this issue we have published essays by two budding scholars that mine the intersection between philosophy, fashion, and design by way of Oscar Wilde and Nietzschean masks respectively. Enjoy!
We would like to thank all of our contributing writers, the members of our new advisory board, the editorial staff of at The Agonist, and of course our readers. We look forward to hearing from you along with suggestions for any future topics.
The Editorial Board, October 2018