Nietzsche on Freedom and Autonomy

Nietzsche on Freedom and Autonomy

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 294 pages
  • 158 x 235 x 16mm | 425g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0199694680
  • 9780199694686
  • 1,485,063

Table of contents

Introduction ; Note on texts, translations and references ; 1. Nietzsche, the Self, and the Disunity of Philosophical Reason ; 2. Nietzsche on Free Will, Autonomy and the Sovereign Individual ; 3. Autonomy, Affect and the Self in Nietzsche's Project of Genealogy. ; 4. How to Overcome Oneself: Nietzsche on Freedom ; 5. Nihilism and the Free Self ; 6. Nietzsche's Theory of the Will ; 7. Nietzsche's Freedoms ; 8. Nietzschean Freedom ; 9. Nietzsche's Intentions: What the Sovereign Individual Promises ; 10. Autonomy, Self-Respect and Self-Love: Nietzsche on Ethical Agency ; 11. The Eternal Recurrence: A Freudian Look at What Nietzsche Took to be His Greatest Insight ; 12. Nietzsche on the Will: An Analysis of BGE 19 ; Index
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About Ken Gemes

Ken Gemes is Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Simon May is Visiting Professor of Philosophy at King's College, University of London.
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