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.”
In this issue, we are pleased to present talks from our recent events in New York City. The first event, “The Dionysian in Nietzsche,” which took place in March 2016, was an exploration of various aspects of the Dionysian in Nietzsche’s writings. The second one, “Nietzsche and Dance,” gave all participants a unique opportunity to understand Nietzsche’s inspiration for modern dance, especially for Isadora Duncan, not only at the level of ideas but also in practice. We are thankful to Ms. Lori Bellilove, the director of Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation, and to Dr. Kimerer LaMothe for creating this event with the Nietzsche Circle. Dr. LaMothe’s books, Nietzshe’s Dancers and Why We Dance, guided many of our reflections and discussions. In addition to these two parts, one for each event, we have an essay by Adam T. Kingsmith on Nietzsche’s individualism and six book reviews.
We are excited to announce the publication of this issue in the new format of The Agonist. I hope that this change will open up new horizons for the journal and make it more interesting for our readers and contributors. We plan to add new sections to every issue when there is material for them such as Interviews, Exegesis, and Criticism in any field of art. I would like to thank Hasan Yildiz for his generous service for the journal and for upgrading it to a better format.
We look forward to working with those who joined the team recently. Krista Johansson joined the Editorial Board; in addition to her editorial duties, she will also be the Managing Editor. Recently The Agonist decided to accept submissions in German; we are pleased to be working with Dr. Sabine Roehr and Dr. Michael Steinmann for this section of the journal. Jack Fitzgerald will help us with proofreading. Kaity Creasy is in charge of book reviews.
The next issue is devoted to Nietzsche and Epicureanism; we thank Dr. Keith Ansell-Pearson for being the guest-editor for this issue. Please stay tuned.
The Editorial Board, November 2016