Calls for Papers

The Agonist is seeking submissions. Essays may cover any aspect of Nietzsche’s philosophy. Contributors should keep in mind the readership of The Agonist: professional philosophers, academicians in the arts, and practicing artists. We welcome submissions from researchers, university faculty, independent scholars, and artists working in all media. Although the primary language of the journal is English, we accept submissions in German also. The Agonist accepts review copies of books on art, film, aesthetics, Nietzsche, and related fields, and will seek reviewers to write on them. Book publishers interested in forwarding review copies can contact the editors at or you can use our contact form. Please submit initially a proposal for an essay, which must be original work by the submitting author. For further details, please see Submission Guidelines and the specific CFPs below to see if you can submit work on these topics.

Call for Papers for The Agonist-Spring 2019 Issue:

Nietzsche and Environmentalism

For the last few centuries, our species has too often viewed nature merely as an instrument to serve the false needs of the market with an insatiable appetite to satisfy our more technocratic impulses. Although environmentalism emerged as a movement in the post-war era, many of Nietzsche’s ideas foresee its concerns. We can start with his notion of Dionysian which promotes, albeit differently than the past, unity of all beings and their orgiastic communion. But Nietzsche discusses nature or “the earth” quite broadly throughout his corpus: in section five of Twilight of the Idols, section nine of Beyond Good and Evil; in parts of Schopenhauer as Educator, The Will to Power, Zarathustra, The Gay Science, and on nearly every page of The Birth of Tragedy. Like many philosophers, how he defines nature depends on the context and/or which book you are reading. At times nature is discussed in the classical sense of essences or refers to questions concerning human nature, while in other texts nature is discussed in what today we would deem a specifically ecological context. In section sixty-two of Beyond Good and Evil, for example, Nietzsche warns us of Christianity’s nihilistic tendency to “invert the whole love of the earth and of earthly dominion into hatred against earth and the earthly.” And who can forget Zarathustra’s dire admonition, “Once the sin against God was the greatest sin; but God died, and these sinners died with him. To sin against the earth is now the most dreadful thing.”

Scholarship in Nietzsche and Environmental philosophy, while still a niche market in academia, has its own history, with diverse works by Martin Drenthen, Vanessa Lemm, and Lucas Murrey. The editorial board at The Agonist proposes that Nietzsche’s works still have much to contribute to conversations at the forefront of contemporary debates in ecology, conservation, environmental ethics, eco-criticism, climate-fiction and other nature writing disciplines. How would he respond to deforestation, rising sea levels, glacial recession, pollution and climate change? We welcome abstracts that mine the causes of these ecological crises, as well as papers that imagine more sustainable Nietzschean solutions. We look forward to hearing from you.

To submit your work for review, please send an abstract of 500 words or a 500- word proposal of your suggested artwork to by January 1, 2019. The final paper submission and final work submission deadline is April 1, 2018. Please see tour Submission Guidelines for further details.

Call for Papers for The Agonist-Fall 2019 Issue:

Nietzsche on Affects

In his notes, Nietzsche remarks that “Under every thought there is an affect [Affekt]. Every thought, every feeling, every will is not born from one particular drive, but an overall condition” (KSA 12: 2 [103]). Affects are described in Dawn as “inclinations” and “aversions [or disinclinations]” that influence one’s behavior (D 34). And indeed, throughout his work Nietzsche examines a wide variety of particular affects and their functions, analyzing the influence of affects such as pity, guilt, contempt, fear, honor, dishonor, pride, and cheerfulness.

A number of Nietzsche scholars offer accounts of how affect functions broadly in Nietzsche. While some investigate the way in which affects create values or evaluative stances (Janaway, Katsafanas, Poellner), still others examine the way affects shape epistemic perspectives (Clark and Dudrick) and perceptual experience (Poellner) in Nietzsche. Yet the topic of affect in Nietzsche’s thought is still under-treated.

Affects, for Nietzsche, not only shape thought and experience; they shape individuals. For example, in the criminal from Twilight of the Idols, physiological degeneration results when one’s “most lively drives [Triebe]… grow together with depressive affects [Affekte].” Furthermore, the affects one experiences do not simply reflect or express some feature of the individual’s particular psychology; affects are communicated between and among individuals, and such communication always takes place in a norm-laden sociohistorical context. Thus, one must, from a Nietzschean standpoint, investigate interplay between individual, affect, and society.

For our issue, we welcome contributions from scholarly essays to artistic explorations on Nietzsche and affect. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

Nietzsche on the function of affect or affects
An investigation of an individual Nietzschean affect
Affect and personal transformation in Nietzsche
Affects and social being in Nietzsche
Intersections between Nietzsche’s thought and affect theory

To submit your work for review, please send an abstract of 500 words or a 500-word proposal of your suggested artwork to latest by July 1st. The final paper submission and final work submission deadline is October 1st. Please see the Submission Guidelines.