Nietzsche's System

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In recent years post-modernist critics have embraced Nietzsche as a philosopher who broke fundamentally free from the traditions of Western philosophy, even to the point of rejecting the goal of truth. In this original study that is sure to provoke stimulating discussion, John Richardson challenges these interpretations with a "conservative" reading of Nietzsche which, instead, displays his deep continuities with those philosophical traditions. Richardson carefully and systematically extrapolates from Nietzsche's...
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Overview

In recent years post-modernist critics have embraced Nietzsche as a philosopher who broke fundamentally free from the traditions of Western philosophy, even to the point of rejecting the goal of truth. In this original study that is sure to provoke stimulating discussion, John Richardson challenges these interpretations with a "conservative" reading of Nietzsche which, instead, displays his deep continuities with those philosophical traditions. Richardson carefully and systematically extrapolates from Nietzsche's work a metaphysical system that demonstrates how Nietzsche did indeed aspire to find and state essential truths, both descriptive and valuative, about us and the world. Scrutinizing the controversial philosopher's basic thoughts, Richardson seeks to unveil the larger structure and unifying sense to Nietzsche's strikingly diverse views.
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"...the detail with which Richardson systematically connects will to power as an ontology with other prominent Nietzschean ideas is impressive."—The Review of Metaphysics

"Richardson writes clearly and without jargon....Nietzsche's System would make an excellent advanced survey course of Nietzsche without over-burdening the students, both intellectually and financially....[he] has crafted the best introduction to Nietzsche to date."—Teaching Philosophy

"This book contributes a valuable overview of Nietzsche's incorporation of scientific theories of his era."—German Studies Review

Richardson's study is noteworthy for its engagement with rival interpretations of Nietzsche, and for its scrupulous attention to the many recalcitrant passages in his writings. It is a useful and provocative contribution to the understanding and evaluation of Nietzsche's thought."—Ethics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195155952
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/23/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1 Being 16
1.1 The metaphysics of will to power 18
1.2 Wills to power as perspectives 35
1.3 Will to power's basic forms: active versus reactive 39
1.4 Persons and societies as synthetic wills 44
1.5 The typology of persons 52
2 Becoming 73
2.1 The temporal aspects of the power ontology 76
2.2 The temporality of the active and reactive 109
2.3 Persons' complex time 117
2.4 History as societies' time 122
2.5 The basic temporal types of persons 126
3 Value 142
3.1 Nietzsche's advice: maximize power 148
3.2 A broader self-interest 157
3.3 Nietzsche's politics 163
3.4 Nietzsche's ethics 182
3.5 The force of Nietzsche's values 201
4 Truth 220
4.1 Against truth's possibility 223
4.2 Against truth's value 231
4.3 The genealogy of the will to truth 236
4.4 The new philosophers 257
4.5 Truth with perspectivism 262
Appendix: A Nietzschean Vocabulary 291
Bibliography 295
Index 305
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