Decadence: Nietzsche, Bataille & Huysmans

Eddie Ejjbair
5 min readJun 23, 2023

‘Nothing has occupied me more profoundly than the problem of decadence’

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Nietzsche, for whom Decadence was a sort of ‘shadow concept haunting his thought’, was torn between critiquing Decadence and seeing it as a ‘natural consequence of life and growth’: ‘Degeneration, decay and waste…

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Eddie Ejjbair

‘Gradually it’s become clear to me what every great philosophy has been: a personal confession of its author and a kind of involuntary and unconscious memoir’