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Nietzsche’s Kind of Philosophy

Finding His Way

A holistic reading of Nietzsche’s distinctive thought beyond the “death of God.”

In Nietzsche’s Kind of Philosophy, Richard Schacht provides a holistic interpretation of Friedrich Nietzsche’s distinctive thinking, developed over decades of engagement with the philosopher’s work. For Schacht, Nietzsche’s overarching project is to envision a “philosophy of the future” attuned to new challenges facing Western humanity after the “death of God,” when monotheism no longer anchors our understanding of ourselves and our world. Schacht traces the developmental arc of Nietzsche’s philosophical efforts across Human, All Too HumanDaybreakJoyful Knowing (The Gay Science), Thus Spoke ZarathustraBeyond Good and Evil, and On the Genealogy of Morality. He then shows how familiar labels for Nietzsche—nihilist, existentialist, individualist, free spirit, and naturalist—prove insufficient individually but fruitful if refined and taken together. The result is an expansive account of Nietzsche’s kind of philosophy.

400 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2022

History: History of Ideas

Philosophy: Ethics, General Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Society

Table of Contents

Reference Key
1 Toward Understanding Nietzsche
Part I Nietzsche Becoming Nietzsche
2 The Nietzsche of Human, All Too Human
Addendum: The Nietzsche of Daybreak
3 The Nietzsche of Joyful Inquiry I–IV
4 The Nietzsche of Thus Spoke Zarathustra
5 The Nietzsche of Beyond Good and Evil
Addendum: The Nietzsche of Joyful Inquiry V
6 The Nietzsche of On the Genealogy of Morality
Addendum: The Nietzsche of 1888
Part II Nietzsche Becoming—What?
7 Nietzsche as Nihilist?
8 Nietzsche as Existentialist?
9 Nietzsche as Individualist?
10 Nietzsche as “Free Spirit”?
11 Nietzsche as Naturalist?
Backstory and Acknowledgments
Bibliography of Related Nietzsche Studies

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