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The Courtly Fold: The Subjectivation of Pastoral Power and the Invention of Modern Eroticism

  • Suzanne Verderber
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Abstract

In the following aphorism, Nietzsche is presenting a distinction he will reinforce in On the Genealogy of Morals between aristocratic and slave morality, unsurprisingly singing the praises of the former and lamenting the rise in dominance of the latter.

A final fundamental distinction: the longing for freedom, the instinct for the happiness and refinements of the feeling of freedom, belong just as necessarily to slave morality and morals as the art of reverence and devotion and the enthusiasm for them are a regular symptom of an aristocratic mode of thinking and valuating.—This makes clear without further ado why love as passion—it is our European specialty—absolutely must be of aristocratic origin: it was, as is well known, invented by the poet-knights of Provence, those splendid, inventive men of the “gai saber” to whom Europe owes so much and, indeed, almost itself.1

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Twelfth Century Eleventh Century Symbolic Order Sovereign Power Peace Movement 
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