Why We Are Not Nietzscheans / Edition 1by Luc Ferry, Alain Renaut, Robert de Loaiza
Pub. Date: 06/28/1997
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
"To think with Nietzsche against Nietzsche." Thus the editors describe the strategy adopted in this volume to soften the destructive effects of Nietzsche's "philosophy with a hammer" on French philosophy since the 1960s. Frustrated by the infinite inclusiveness of deconstructionism, the contributors to this volume seek to renew the Enlightenment quest for rationality.
Though linked by no common dogma, these essays all argue that the "French Nietzsche" transmitted through the deconstructionists must be reexamined in light of the original context in which Nietzsche worked. Each essay questions the viability of Nietzsche's thought in the modern world, variously critiquing his philosophy of history as obsessed with hierarchy, his views on religion and art as myopic and irrational, and his stance on science as hopelessly reactionary.
Contending that we must abandon the Nietzsche propped up as patron saint by French deconstructionists in order to return to reason, these essays will stimulate debate not just among Nietzscheans but among all with a stake in modern French philosophy.
Contributors: Alain Boyer, André Compte-Sponville, Vincent Descombes, Luc Ferry, Robert Legros, Philippe Raynaud, Alain Renault, and Pierre-André Taguieff.
Luc Ferry is professor of philosophy at the Sorbonne and at the University of Caen. He is author or co-author of six volumes published by the University of Chicago Press, most recently The New Ecological Order. Alain Renault is professor of political science at Caen. He is co-author of several books with Luc Ferry, and author of Sartre, Le Dernier Philosophe.
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Table of Contents
1: Hierarchy and Truth
2: The Brute, the Sophist, and the Aesthete: "Art in the Service of Illusion"
3: Nietzsche's French Moment
4: "What Must First Be Proved Is Worth Little"
Luc Ferry, Alain Renaut.
5: The Nietzschean Metaphysics of Life
6: Nietzsche as Educator
7: The Traditional Paradigm - Horror of Modernity and Antiliberalism: Nietzsche in Reactionary Rhetoric
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