Rousseau and Nietzsche

Rousseau and Nietzsche : Toward an Aesthetic Morality

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Rousseau and Nietzsche: Toward an Aesthetic Morality offers a vivid depiction of the problems and potential of modernity through the words of two of its most poignant voices. The book focuses upon the modern self's desire to individuate while facing the ethical responsibility to integrate into the world. Katrin Froese elegantly juxtaposes Nietzsche's drive for extraordinary individualism with Rousseau's call for the dependable citizen, demonstrating that where Nietzsche's aestheticism embraces the limitless and irreconcilable longings of a divided being, Rousseau's approach emphasizes the imposition of limits to ensure that harmony and contentment prevail. Going beyond conventional scholarship, the work emphasizes the similarities at the heart of Rousseau's notion of morality and Nietzsche's aestheticism: the moral vision that underlies Nietzsche's notion of art and the aesthetic understanding prevalent in Rousseau's moral system. This stunning new work of political philosophy will be of great use to scholars of political thought and readers seeking to understand what made Rousseau and Nietzsche's thought so decidedly modern.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 216 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.1 x 20.3mm | 453.6g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 0739102990
  • 9780739102992

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Froese's interpretations of Rousseau and Nietzsche provide depth and subtlety to their respective accounts of self-making. -- Mark E. Warren, Georgetown University Katrin Froese provides a genuinely instructive and imaginitive study of the rapport between Rousseau and Nietzsche. Students and scholars in political theory, the history of ideas, and philosophy will learn a great deal from this book, which is both lucidly written and deftly argued. -- Keith Ansell-Pearson, professor of philosophy and director of graduate research, University of Warwick, England Froese has brought together the thinker that may be said to initiate modernity and the one that may be said to announce its end. Without covering over their differences, she shows how strikingly similar they are. In an age when the public realm is no longer or but slightly available, Nietzsche and Rousseau may very well be, as Froese shows, our best guides. -- Tracy B. Strong, University of California, San Diego ... [A] stimulating and valuable discussion. Canadian Journal of Political Science ... interesting and useful as an introduction to the two great thinkers-and an easy read at that. Political Studies Review Froese has written a lucid account of the projects of Rousseau and Nietzsche... Her book will help to clear up many confusions associated with these two names. -- Kathleen Higgins, University of Texas at Austinshow more

About Katrin Froese

Katrin Froese is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Calgary.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Rousseau's Moral Anthropology Chapter 3 Homeless Citizens: The Critique of Bourgeois Society Chapter 4 An Anti-Utopian Utopia: Rousseau's Social Contract Chapter 5 Emile: The Cultivation of Nature Chapter 6 Art and Tragedy in Nietzsche Chapter 7 The Will to Power and Agency Chapter 8 The Philosophy of Limits: Nietzsche's Zarathustra Chapter 9 Bodies and Eternity: Nietzsche and the Power of Woman Chapter 10 Conclusion: The Artistry of Morality and the Morality of Artshow more

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