19 July 2010

Will to Style

"The dandy represents the type of man who stylizes himself...He has sublimated the will to power into a will to style...Endeavoring to stylize himself, he stylizes the world and accomplishes this mission when he captures a situation in an elegant formulation...For that, he must subject himself to discipline, abnegation, and rigorous asceticism."

- “Le dandy dans sa maison forestière: remarques sur le cas Ernst Jünger,” Nicolas Sombart (2000)


Anonymous said...

I don't think there's any sublimation involved, the will to style is another expression of the will to power - imprinting one's ego on the world. My will to power is very strong, unfortunately it's also what isolates me from the world.

Anonymous said...

Homer Simpson, obviously, apart from the discipline, abnegation and rigorous asceticism.


v. Braun. said...

Like the Greek temple does 'subject' its surrounding landscape to its system of aesthetic and cultural perception, the well-dressed man of strong character may influence and elevate his environment!

A.E.F. said...

Admiral, I think asceticism is an essential practice in managing life in today's world.