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The diversity of Nietzsche's books, and the sheer range of his philosophical interests, have posed daunting challenges to his interpreters. This Handbook addresses this multiplicity by devoting each of its 32 essays to a focused topic, picked out by the book's systematic plan. The aim is to treat each topic at the best current level of philosophical scholarship on Nietzsche. The first group of papers treat selected biographical issues: his family relations, his relations to women, and his ill health and eventual insanity. In Part 2 the papers treat Nietzsche in historical context: his relations back to other philosophers--the Greeks, Kant, and Schopenhauer--and to the cultural movement of Romanticism, as well as his own later influence in an unlikely place, on analytic philosophy. The papers in Part 3 treat a variety of Nietzsche's works, from early to late and in styles ranging from the "aphoristic" The Gay Science and Beyond Good and Evil through the poetic-mythic Thus Spoke Zarathustra to the florid autobiography Ecce Homo. This focus on individual works, their internal unity, and the way issues are handled within them, is an important complement to the final three groups of papers, which divide up Nietzsche's philosophical thought topically. The papers in Part 4 treat issues in Nietzsche's value theory, ranging from his metaethical views as to what values are, to his own values of freedom and the overman, to his insistence on 'order of rank', and his social-political views. The fifth group of papers treat Nietzsche's epistemology and metaphysics, including such well-known ideas as his perspectivism, his promotion of becoming over being, and his thought of eternal recurrence. Finally, Part 6 treats another famous idea--the will to power--as well as two linked ideas that he uses will to power to explain, the drives, and life. This Handbook will be a key resource for all scholars and advanced students who work on Nietzsche.
Ken Gemes is Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London. He is the co-editor of Nietzsche on Freedom and Autonomy (with Simon May; OUP, 2009).
John Richardson is Professor of Philosophy at New York University. He is the author of Existential Epistemology: A Heideggerian Critique of the Cartesian Project (OUP, 1986), Nietzsche's System (OUP, 1996), Nietzsche's New Darwinism (OUP, 2004), and Heidegger (Routledge, 2012). He is a co-editor of Nietzsche (2001) in the Oxford Readings in Philosophy series.
Table of Contents
Introduction, Ken Gemes & John Richardson Part 1: Biography 1. Family relations: "Nietzsche and the Family", Graham Parkes 2. Relations to women: "Nietzsche and Women", Julian Young 3. Debility: "Nietzsche's Illness", Charles Huenemann Part 2: Historical relations 4. The Greeks: "Nietzsche and the Greeks", Jessica Berry 5. Romanticism: "Nietzsche and Romanticism: Goethe, Holderlin and Wagner", Adrian Del Caro 6. Kant: "Nietzsche the Kantian?", Tom Bailey 7. Schopenhauer: "Schopenhauer as Nietzsche's 'Great Teacher' and 'Antipode'", Ivan Soll 8. Analytic philosophy: "Nietzsche's Influence on Analytic Philosophy", Simon Robertson & David Owen Part 3: Principal works 9. The Birth of Tragedy: "The Themes of Affirmation and Illusion in The Birth of Tragedy and Beyond", Daniel Came 10. Untimely Meditation II: "'Holding on to the Sublime': On Nietzsche's Early 'Unfashionable' Project", Keith Ansell-Pearson 11. The Gay Science: "The Gay Science", Chris Janaway 12. Thus Spoke Zarathustra: "Zarathustra: 'That Malicious Dionysian'", Gudrun von Tevenar 13. Beyond Good and Evil: "Beyond Good and Evil", Maudemarie Clark & David Dudrick 14. On the Genealogy of Morality: "Nietzsche's Genealogy", Richard Schacht 15. The Antichrist: "Nietzsche's Antichrist", Dylan Jaggard Ecce Homo: "Beholding Nietzsche: Ecce Homo, Fate, and Freedom", Christa Davis Acampora Part 4: Values 17. Metaethics: "Nietzsche's Metaethical Stance", Nadeem J. Z. Hussain 18. Aesthetic values: "Nietzsche and the Arts of Life", Aaron Ridley 19. Autonomy: "Nietzsche on Autonomy", R. Lanier Anderson 20. The overman: "The Overman", Randall Havas 21. Promising: "'A Promise Made is a Debt Unpaid': Nietzsche on the Morality of Commitment and the Commitments of Morality", Mark Migotti 22. Order of rank: "Order of Rank", Robert Guay 23. Peoples and races: "Will-to-Power: Does it lead to the 'coldest of all cold monsters'"?, Jacob Golomb Part 5: Epistemology & metaphysics 24. Perspectivism: "Life's Perspectives", Ken Gemes 25. Naturalism: "Nietzsche's Naturalism Reconsidered", Brian Leiter 26. Aestheticism: "Nietzsche's Philosophical Aestheticism", Sebastian Gardner 27. Becoming vs. being: "Being, Becoming and Time in Nietzsche", Robin Small 28. Eternal recurrence: "Eternal Recurrence", Paul S. Loeb Part 6: Developments of will to power 29. Will to power and causation: "Nietzsche's Metaphysical Sketches: Causality and Will to Power", Peter Poellner 30. Will to power and values: "Honesty, Curiosity, and Affirmation in Nietzsche's Free Spirits", Bernard Reginster 31. Drives: "Nietzsche's Philosophical Psychology", Paul Katsafanas 32. Life: "Nietzsche on Life's Ends", John Richardson Index