Nietzsche's Therapeutic Teaching: For Individuals and Culture

Nietzsche's Therapeutic Teaching: For Individuals and Culture

Hardback Bloomsbury Studies in Continental Philosophy

Edited by Horst Hutter, Edited by Eli Friedland

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  • Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • Format: Hardback | 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 238mm x 26mm | 480g
  • Publication date: 7 November 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1441125337
  • ISBN 13: 9781441125330
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 985,788

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The theme of the philosopher as therapist dominates Nietzsche's entire opus, from his earliest writings to the Zarathustra period and beyond. Nietzsche wishes to hasten the coming and future sanctification of a new type of synthetic human being, and his entire teaching is shaped by his own struggles against illness.Yet few Nietzsche scholars have paid this crucial therapeutic element of his thought sufficient attention. This collection of essays by leading scholars in the field is composed around the Nietzschean insight, which has its roots in the Hippocratic tradition of ancient medicine, that beliefs, behaviours, ideals and patterns of striving are not things for which individuals or even cultures are responsible. Rather, they are symptoms of what an individual or culture is, which symptoms require diagnostic interpretation and evaluation. The book identifies three principal approaches in Nietzsche's philosophy: diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic. Each essay takes up this essential insight into Nietzsche's therapeutic philosophy from a different perspective and collectively they reveal an array of insightful approaches to self-induced enhancement, for both individuals and cultures.

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Horst Hutter is Professor of Political Science at Concordia University, Canada. Eli Friedland is a doctoral student in Political Science at Concordia University, Canada.

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Nietzsche's Therapeutic Teaching brings needed attention to the centrality of the classical theme of philosophy as medicine for the soul to Nietzsche's project and its implications for Nietzsche's philosophical practice. Its rich diversity of essays (by established and younger scholars) makes this a welcome contribution to, and provocative re-orientation of, contemporary Nietzsche studies. -- David Owen, Professor of Social & Political Philosophy, University of Southampton, UK

Table of contents

Note on the Contributors Acknowledgements 1. Introduction Horst Hutter and Eli Friedland 2. The Nietzsche Cure: New Kinds of 'Gymnastics of Willing' Horst Hutter 3. Vocation as Therapy: Nietzsche and the Conflict Between Profession and Calling in Academia Martine Beland 4. Nietzsche's Ethics of Reading: Education in a Postmodern World Nathalie Lachance 5. Who Educates the Educators? Nietzsche's Philosophical Therapy in the Age of Nihilism Jose Daniel Parra 6. Nietzsche's Cruel Offerings: Friendship, Solitude and the Bestowing Virtue in Thus Spoke Zarathustra Willow Verkerk 7. The Advantages and Disadvantages of Nietzsche's Philosophy for Life Bela Egyed 8. Nietzsche's Agonistic Rhetoric and its Therapeutic Affects Yunus Tuncel 9. True to the Earth: Nietzsche's Epicurean Care of Self and World Keith Ansell-Pearson 10. Nietzsche's View from Above Michael Ure 11. Zarathustra's Stillness: Dreaming and the Art of Incubation Rainer Hanshe 12. Nietzsche's Zarathustra, Nietzsche's Empedocles: The Time of Kings Babette Babich 13. Nietzsche's Care for Stone: The Dead, Dance, and Flying Graham Parkes 14. Nietzsche on Consciousness and Language Larry Hatab 15. Nietzsche's Experimental Ontology: Political Physiology in the Age of Nihilism Nandita Biswas-Mellamphy 16. 'Let that be my love': Fate, Medio-Passivity and Redemption in Nietzsche's Thought Beatrice Han-Pile 17. "Not to Destroy, but to Fulfill" Eli Friedland Index