Nietzsche and Philosophy

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Demonstrates how Nietzsche initiated a new mode of philosophical thinking. First published in 1962, this landmark book is one of the first to dispute the deep-seated assumption that dialectics provides the only possible basis for radical thought.

French philosopher and critic Gilles Deleuze demonstrates, with a rare combination of scholarly vigor and imaginative interpretation, how Nietzsche initiated a new mode of philosophical thinking.

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Overall, the book is a treasure of philosophical apercus.

The European Legacy - Viola Brisolin

The fecundity of this reading and the breadth of its implications can hardly be overestimated.

The European Legacy
The fecundity of this reading and the breadth of its implications can hardly be overestimated.

— Viola Brisolin


Overall, the book is a treasure of philosophical apercus.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780485112337
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Pages: 1983

Meet the Author

Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) was professor of philosophy at the University of Paris, Vincennes-St. Denis. He wrote several seminal philosophical works, including Difference and Repetition, and, with Félix Guattari, Anti-Oedipus, A Thousand Plateaus, and What Is Philosophy?Michael Hardt is professor of literature and romance studies at Duke University. He is the author of Gilles Deleuze: An Apprenticeship in Philosophy and the coauthor (with Antonio Negri) of Empire and Multitude.Hugh Tomlinson is also the translator of other works by Deleuze, including Bergonism and Cinema 2: The Time Image.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

1 The tragic 1
1 The concept of genealogy 1
2 Sense 3
3 The philosophy of the will 6
4 Against the dialectic 8
5 The problem of tragedy 10
6 Nietzsche's evolution 12
7 Dionysus and Christ 14
8 The essence of the tragic 17
9 The problem of existence 19
10 Existence and innocence 22
11 The dicethrow 25
12 Consequences for the eternal return 27
13 Nietzsche's symbolism 29
14 Nietzsche and Mallarme 32
15 Tragic thought 34
16 The touchstone 36
2 Active and reactive 39
1 The body 39
2 The distinction of forces 40
3 Quantity and quality 42
4 Nietzsche and science 44
5 First aspect of the eternal return : as cosmological and physical doctrine 47
6 What is the will to power? 49
7 Nietzsche's terminology 52
8 Origin and inverted image 55
9 The problems of the measure of forces 58
10 Hierarchy 59
11 Will to power and feeling of power 61
12 The becoming-reactive of forces 64
13 Ambivalence of sense and of values 65
14 Second aspect of the eternal return : as ethical and selective thought 68
15 The problem of the eternal return 71
3 Critique 73
1 Transformation of the sciences of man 73
2 The form of the question in Nietzsche 75
3 Nietzsche's method 78
4 Against his predecessors 79
5 Against pessimism and against Schopenhauer 82
6 Principles for the philosophy of the will 84
7 Plan of The genealogy of morals 87
8 Nietzsche and Kant from the point of view of principles 89
9 Realisation of critique 91
10 Nietzsche and Kant from the point of view of consequences 93
11 The concept of truth 94
12 Knowledge, morality and religion 97
13 Thought and life 100
14 Art 102
15 New image of thought 103
4 From ressentiment to the bad conscience 111
1 Reaction and Ressentiment 111
2 Principle of Ressentiment 112
3 Typology of Ressentiment 114
4 Characteristics of Ressentiment 116
5 Is he good? is he evil? 119
6 The paralogism 122
7 Development of Ressentiment : the Judaic priest 124
8 Bad conscience and interiority 127
9 The problem of pain 129
10 Development of bad conscience : the Christian priest 131
11 Culture considered from the prehistoric point of view 133
12 Culture considered from the post-historic point of view 135
13 Culture considered from the historical point of view 138
14 Bad conscience, responsibility, guilt 141
15 The ascetic ideal and the essence of religion 143
16 Triumph of reactive forces 145
5 The overman : against the dialectic 147
1 Nihilism 147
2 Analysis of pity 148
3 God is dead 152
4 Against Hegelianism 156
5 The avatars of the dialectic 159
6 Nietzsche and the dialectic 162
7 Theory of the higher man 164
8 Is man essentially "reactive"? 166
9 Nihilism and transmutation : the focal point 171
10 Affirmation and negation 175
11 The sense of affirmation 180
12 The double affirmation : Ariadne 186
13 Dionysus and Zarathustra 189
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