By Keith Ansell-Pearson

ISBN-10: 0521427215

ISBN-13: 9780521427210

This can be a full of life and interesting advent to the contentious subject of Nietzsche's politics, tracing the improvement of his pondering and confronting without delay his appropriation through the Nazis. the most important rules of the desire to strength, everlasting go back and the overman are mentioned and all Nietzsche's significant works analyzed intimately. This textbook should be crucial for all scholars of Nietzsche and of the background of political rules. It features a chronology of Nietzsche's existence and works, and a advisor to extra interpreting.

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Contra modern liberalism and feminism, which he sees as leading to a sentimentalist politics, Nietzsche promotes the values and virtues of the warrior. And, unlike liberalism, Nietzsche does not base his noble ethical code on a commitment to a notion of equal respect for all persons regarded as moral beings possessing equal sensitivity (these definitions of liberalism are taken from Barbara Goodwin, Using Political Ideas, Chichester, John Wiley, 1992, third edition, p. 37). Nietzsche's political thinking challenges the basic sentiments and deepest convictions of liberal societies.

Our present experience of nihilism is the result of a particular interpretation of the world, and of human existence, which has governed the cultural horizon of occidental humanity for nigh on two thousand years: the 'Christian-moral interpretation' of the world (WP 1). Initially it results in a failure of meaning and loss of self-understanding. Nihilism means that ' the highest values devalue themselves' and the question '" why ? " finds no answer' {WP 2). We move from one extreme experience to another, from believing in absolute religious and moral values to believing in nothing.

His answer is that there is a human need to believe in such judgements, not because they are in fact 'true', but because they increase our feeling of power in the world. A judgement about the world can be false, Nietzsche argues, and nevertheless still be 'lifepromoting' and 'species-preserving' {BGE 4). What should interest us most, he argues, is not whether our interpretations of the world are 'true' or 'false' (this we can never absolutely know), but whether they cultivate the will to power in the direction of control and strength, or of chaos and weakness.

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