An Introduction to Nietzsche as Political Thinker: The Perfect Nihilist

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 31, 1994 - Philosophy - 243 pages
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This is a lively and engaging introduction to the contentious topic of Nietzsche's political thought. It traces the development of Nietzsche's thinking on politics from his earliest writings to the mature work in which he advocates aristocratic radicalism as opposed to 'petty' European nationalism. The key ideas of the will to power, eternal return and the overman are discussed and all Nietzsche's major works analysed in detail, such as Beyond Good and Evil and The Genealogy of Morals, within the context of the concerns of modern political theory. The book concludes with an assessment of Nietzsche's enduring relevance and of the insights afforded by contemporary liberal and feminist readings. This textbook will be essential for all students of Nietzsche and of the history of political ideas. It includes a chronology of Nietzsche's life and works and a guide to further reading.
 

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Contents

A question of style? an introduction to reading Nietzche
15
Nietzsches legacy
23
Nihilism and Aristocratism
34
life as will to power
45
Thomas Mann and Albert Canus on Nietzsche
56
Nietzsche and the Greeks culture versus politics
63
The Greek state
71
Conclusion
78
The three essays
127
Conclusion
144
0 humanity Nietzsche on great politics
147
Nietzsche and contemporary liberalism
165
The liberal ironist
166
The radical libery
172
Nietzsche and feminism
180
Nietzsche and European feminism
181

Nietzsche on modern politics
83
The decline of authority and the rise of the modern state
85
Democracy socialism and nationalsim
90
Conclusion
95
Zarathustras teaching of the overman
101
The teaching of the overman
104
The though of eternal return
108
The problem of the overman ideal
116
A generalogy of moral
121
Nietzsche the self and woman
185
Kofman and Irigaray
189
Conclusion
195
The Perfect nihilist
199
Notes
207
Bibliography
225
Guide to further reading
233
Index
240
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