Nietzsche's Revolution: Décadence, Politics, and Sexuality by C. SchottenNietzsche's Revolution: Décadence, Politics, and Sexuality by C. Schotten

Nietzsche's Revolution: Décadence, Politics, and Sexuality

byC. Schotten

Hardcover | August 11, 2009

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Nietzsche’s Revolution argues that Nietzsche is a revolutionary who aims to liberate modernity by overthrowing Christianity.  Although Nietzsche’s terrified inability to follow through on this revolutionary project causes him to retreat into a retrograde essentialism of race and gender that betrays his own revolutionary promise, Nietzsche’s complicity in this failure bequeaths this revolution to us, his future readers, who can take it up in the form of poststructuralist queer theory and politics.  This is a revolutionary future Nietzsche could neither have foreseen nor endorsed, but is the necessary consequence of his quest to overthrow Christianity’s cult of meaning.

C. Heike Schotten is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, where she teaches political theory, feminist theory, and queer theory.  This is her first book.
Title:Nietzsche's Revolution: Décadence, Politics, and SexualityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:284 pagesPublished:August 11, 2009Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction:  Body Politics * Chapter 1 – Some Terms:  the Body, Health, Will to Power * Part I:  Revolution * Chapter 2 – Diagnosis:  Décadence * Chapter 3 – Treatment:  Revolution * Part II:  Conservation * Chapter 4 – Diagnosis:  Emasculation * Chapter 5 – Treatment:  Redemption * Part III: Contradiction * Chapter 6 – Queering Revolution * Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

“Heike Schotten’s Nietzsche’s Revolution puts some kick into well-heeled concepts—will to power, truth, life, health—as well as taking paths less traveled—“Race-Mixing” and  “Queering Revolution.”  Rather than create a consistent Nietzsche, Schotten attempts to embrace his contradictions to present a balanced Nietzsche.”--Kelly Oliver, W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University; and author of Womanizing Nietzsche: Philosophy’s Relation to the Feminine “Seizing upon the incompatibility of Nietzsche’s affirmation of life, his identification of life with woman, and his focusing on the emasculation of culture as the central feature of modernity’s decadence, Schotten draws attention to both contradiction and gender as operating at the center of Nietzsche’s thinking.  Noting that Nietzsche could not ultimately capitalize on his own revolutionary potential, this text makes a persuasive case – one that will excite some and enrage others – that there remain important resources in Nietzsche for a post-Marxist, post-structuralist, and post-heterosexist revolutionary agenda.  And, insofar as it demonstrates, perhaps more successfully than any other work to date, that gender deserves attention as a central thematic in Nietzsche's critique of modernity, it should take a place among the important contributions to the secondary literature.”--Alan D. Schrift, F. Wendell Miller Professor of Philosophy, Grinnell College; andeditor, The Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche