Nietzsche’s resentment and Spinoza’s ‘tristitia’ – two related concepts?

Abstract voor een paper voor de Friedrich Nietzsche Society Conference, September 2011, London.

Nietzsche, Paul Rée en Lou Andreas-Salomé

Is Nietzsche’s concept of resentment possibly philosophically related to Spinoza’s idea of ‘tristitia’, ‘sadness’, as a diminution of active forces? In an often-quoted remark to Overbeck in 1881, Nietzsche refers to Spinoza as a valuable precursor of his philosophy, mentioning five points they have in common: Spinoza equally denies the freedom of the will, teleology, the moral world order, the unegoistic, and evil. Nietzsche recognizes they also have their differences, but attributes them to variations in time, culture and science. At that moment, he does not refer to the concept of resentment, also because he only develops it much later in On the Genealogy of Morals (1887). Continue Reading ›