Calls for Papers

Call for Papers for The Agonist-Spring 2020 Issue: Nietzsche and Sport

Guest Editor: Dr. Martine Prange

Although Nietzsche does not specifically discuss sports in his works, much of his writing and ideas revolve around sport-related themes such as competition, play, body and askesis, and ecstasy (or, the Dionysian). Competition, or agon, is a running theme in Nietzsche’s works; play or playfulness has intrigued the young Nietzsche since he became familiar with the pre-Socratics, especially Heraclitus; the question of the body and all the related phenomena remain crucial to his works; and the Dionysian is a central concept from his first to one of his last published works. Furthermore, Nietzsche’s critique of Western experience of spectacle sheds light on sport spectacles and their problems in our age. Finally, we can view sports as fields of power and power relations and examine to what extent sport can be construed as an arena for the overhuman. How did Nietzsche view the sporting culture of the 19th century? How would he view our sporting culture today? This issue of The Agonist is dedicated to examining these and other sport related themes in Nietzsche and post-Nietzschean literature, including authors, thinkers, sport philosophers and movements influenced by his ideas.

Please see The Agonist Submission Guidelines. Please submit your abstract to Abstract deadline: April 1, 2020; Essay deadline: June 1, 2020.

Call for Papers for Spring 2021: Revisiting Nietzsche’s The Antichrist

The Antichrist is one of the last books written by Nietzsche shortly before his mental collapse and remains one of his least discussed and overlooked works. Perhaps that is because his blistering condemnation of monotheism remains too controversial except in the more radical margins of philosophy. The text was part of Nietzsche’s “Revaluation of All Values” and he speaks of free spirits, skeptics, Zarathustra, and their role in this project. In this issue of The Agonist, we invite researchers to submit their work on Nietzsche’s The Antichrist. Articles can be exegetical or explore any aspect of the book including Nietzsche’s larger critique of religion, Christianity, Protestantism and Luther, and other religions such as Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. You may also examine modernity and his ideas on power, the will to power, higher and lower types, progress, decadence, instincts, and feelings such as ‘Mitleid’, revenge, ressentiment, sin, guilt, punishment, as well as his critique of theologians, the clergy, and philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Descartes, and Kant. Articles that explore Nietzsche’s general conception of God, Jesus, the psychology of redemption, the apostles, Paul, the Gospels, the Bible, equality, immortality of the soul, martyrdom, the founders of religion and their “holy lie” are welcome as well. We look forward to hearing from you.

Please see The Agonist Submission Guidelines at:

and submit your abstract to Abstract deadline: October 1, 2020; Essay deadline: January 1, 2021.