Nietzsche's Therapy

Nietzsche's Therapy

by Michael Ure
     
 

ISBN-10: 0739119966

ISBN-13: 9780739119969

Pub. Date: 05/01/2008

Publisher: Lexington Books

Nietzsche's Therapy examines Nietzsche's middle works in order to challenge those views that dismiss his conception of self-cultivation as a symptom of unadulterated narcissism. It aims to develop a far more balanced and refined conception of his idea of self-cultivation by re-examining the much neglected free-spirit trilogy of Human, All Too Human, Daybreak, and

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Nietzsche's Therapy examines Nietzsche's middle works in order to challenge those views that dismiss his conception of self-cultivation as a symptom of unadulterated narcissism. It aims to develop a far more balanced and refined conception of his idea of self-cultivation by re-examining the much neglected free-spirit trilogy of Human, All Too Human, Daybreak, and The Gay Science. Contra Nietzsche's critics, it argues that the kind of self-cultivation that draws on the model of Hellenistic and Roman Stoic philosophical therapeia. It suggests that he renovates this therapeutic tradition through his own critical, psychoanalytic insights into narcissism and its transformations. It reconstructs Nietzsche's ethics of self-cultivation in terms of his psychological analysis of the pathological symptoms of narcissism and its healthy or positive transformations. In charting Nietzsche's course from pathological narcissism to mature individualism, Nietzsche's Therapy unpacks the philosophical and psychological basis of his critique of Rousseau and Schopenhauer's ethics of pitié/Mitleid, his use and analysis of comedy and humor in his critical, deflationary treatment of the malady of omnipotence, and his exploration of the idea of friendship as a positive counterpoint to damaged forms of intersubjectivity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739119969
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
05/01/2008
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
0.75(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Chapter 1. The Aesthetic Game of the Self Chapter 3 Chapter 2. Senecan Moods: Nietzsche and Foucault Chapter 4 Chapter 3. Beyond Melancholia and Mania: Nietzsche's Middle Works Chapter 5 Chapter 4. At the Crossroads of Hellenistic and Psychoanalytic Theory: The Free-Spirit Trilogy Chapter 6 Chapter 5. The Comedy of Revenge Chapter 7 Chapter 6. The Irony of Pity Chapter 8 Chapter 7. The Tonic of Friendship Chapter 9 Consoling Conclusions

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