Nietzsche on Freedom and Autonomy

Nietzsche on Freedom and Autonomy

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Nietzsche on Freedom and Autonomy

The principal aim of this volume is to elucidate what freedom, sovereignty, and autonomy mean for Nietzsche and what philosophical resources he gives us to re-think these crucial concepts. A related aim is to examine how Nietzsche connects these concepts to his thoughts about life-affirmation, self-love, promise-making, agency, the 'will to nothingness', and the 'eternal recurrence', as well as to his search for a 'genealogical' understanding of morality.
These twelve essays by leading Nietzsche scholars ask such key questions as: Can we reconcile his rejection of free will with his positive invocations of the notion of free will? How does Nietzsche's celebration of freedom and free spirits sit with his claim that we all have an unchangeable fate? What is the relation between his concepts of freedom and self-overcoming?
The depth in which these and related issues are explored gives this volume its value, not only to those interested in Nietzsche, but to all who are concerned with the free will debate, ethics, theory of action, and the history of philosophy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199231560
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 07/01/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Note on Texts, Translations, and References ix

Author Biographies x

Introduction Simon May xiii

1 Nietzsche, the Self, and the Disunity of Philosophical Reason Sebastian Gardner 1

2 Nietzsche on Free Will, Autonomy, and the Sovereign Individual Ken Gemes 33

3 Autonomy, Affect, and the Self in Nietzsche's Project of Genealogy Christopher Janaway 51

4 How to Overcome Oneself: Nietzsche on Freedom Robert Pippin 69

5 Nihilism and the Free Self Simon May 89

6 Nietzsche's Theory of the Will Brian Leiter 107

7 Nietzsche's Freedoms John Richardson 127

8 Nietzschean Freedom Peter Poellner 151

9 Nietzsche's Intentions: What the Sovereign Individual Promises Aaron Ridley 181

10 Autonomy, Self-Respect, and Self-Love: Nietzsche on Ethical Agency David Owen 197

11 The Eternal Recurrence: A Freudian Look at What Nietzsche Took to Be His Greatest Insight Mathias Risse 223

12 Nietzsche on the Will: An Analysis of BGE 19 Maudemarie Clark David Dudrick 247

Index 269

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