Concord, ON, Canada
The Physics of the Will to Power
by Correa, Paulo N. & Correa, Alexandra N.
Published in July 2001. 54 pages.
Philosophy of Science & the Politics of Thought
Price: US $15 ($12 ISFA)
Nietzsche's concept of the eternal recurrence is one of the most misunderstood and mystified concepts in philosophy, comparable in its fate only to what his other concept - of the will to power - suffered at the hands of nazism and nazi thinkers - such as Heidegger. Yet, there is nothing mystical about either of Nietzsche's fundamental thoughts. Having lived in an age when scientific knowledge only grasped force in a mechanistic fashion - and the physical concept of energy remained mysterious - what Nietzsche was grappling with in his theory of active and reactive forces was precisely the enunciation of will to power as wave energy affine to the living, a specifically biological energy.
Deleuze opened the way to an understanding of the will to power as the genetic and genealogical element of all biophysical force - and from his formal treatment of Nietzsche's concept, one can extract the abstract foundations of aetherometric theory, directly addressing force, energy and power as wave events. In this very sense, Nietzsche's other key concept - of the eternal recurrence - can be shown to constitute the foundation of an aether cosmology predicated upon the notions of a Space filled with the 'play of forces and waves of forces', and of Time as single, eternal and self-selecting. What Nietzsche was indeed proposing was that we should be able to conceive the physics of nature solely on the basis of the First Law.