Nietzsche on Freedom and Autonomy

Paperback | September 16, 2011

EditorKen Gemes, Simon May

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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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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 'wil...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:292 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.62 inPublished:September 16, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Simon May: IntroductionNote on texts, translations and references1. Sebastian Gardner: Nietzsche, the Self, and the Disunity of Philosophical Reason2. Ken Gemes: Nietzsche on Free Will, Autonomy and the Sovereign Individual3. Chris Janaway: Autonomy, Affect and the Self in Nietzsche's Project of Genealogy.4. Robert Pippin: How to Overcome Oneself: Nietzsche on Freedom5. Simon May: Nihilism and the Free Self6. Brian Leiter: Nietzsche's Theory of the Will7. John Richardson: Nietzsche's Freedoms8. Peter Poellner: Nietzschean Freedom9. Aaron Ridley: Nietzsche's Intentions: What the Sovereign Individual Promises10. David Owen: Autonomy, Self-Respect and Self-Love: Nietzsche on Ethical Agency11. Mathias Risse: The Eternal Recurrence: A Freudian Look at What Nietzsche Took to be His Greatest Insight12. Maudemarie Clark and David Dudrick: Nietzsche on the Will: An Analysis of BGE 19Index