Tyranny and Revolution: Rousseau to Heidegger

Tyranny and Revolution: Rousseau to Heidegger

by Waller R. Newell
Tyranny and Revolution: Rousseau to Heidegger

Tyranny and Revolution: Rousseau to Heidegger

by Waller R. Newell

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Overview

The Philosophy of Freedom from Rousseau to Heidegger launched a great protest against modern liberal individualism, inspired by the virtuous political community of the ancient Greeks. Hegel argued that the progress of history was gradually bringing about greater freedom and restoring our lost sense of community. But his successors Marx, Nietzsche and Heidegger rejected Hegel's version of the end of history with its legitimization of the bourgeois nation-state. They sought to replace it with ever more utopian, apocalyptic and illiberal visions of the future: Marx's Socialism, Nietzsche's Overman, and Heidegger's commitment to Nazism. This book combines an exceptionally clear and rich study of these thinkers with a deep dive into the extent to which their views fed the political catastrophes of revolution, tyranny and genocide, including the Jacobins, Bolsheviks, Nazis, Khmer Rouge, ISIS and populist nationalism, but argues that the Philosophy of Freedom remains indispensable for understanding today's world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108424301
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/19/2022
Pages: 372
Product dimensions: 6.22(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.98(d)

About the Author

Waller R. Newell is Professor of Political Science, Philosophy and Humanities at Carleton University.

Table of Contents

1. Escape to Lake Bienne: how Rousseau turned the world upside down; 2. Redeeming modernity: the erotic ascent of Hegel's phenomenology; 3. The will to power and the politics of greatness: Nietzsche's revelation; 4. The distant command of the Greeks: Heidegger and the community of destiny; 5. The fragmented legacy of the Philosophy of Freedom; Bibliography; Index.
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