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Nietzsche and Race

A definitive debunking of the “Nietzsche as Nazi” caricature.

The caricature of Friedrich Nietzsche as a proto-Nazi is still with us, originating with his own Nazi sister, Elisabeth Förster, who curated Nietzsche’s disparate texts to suit her own purposes. In Nietzsche and Race, Marc de Launay deftly counters this persistent narrative in a series of concise and highly accessible reflections on the concept of race in Nietzsche’s publications, notebooks, and correspondence. Through a fresh reading of Nietzsche’s core philosophical project, de Launay articulates a new understanding of race in Nietzsche’s body of work free from the misunderstanding of his detractors.

152 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2023

Philosophy: Ethics, General Philosophy, History and Classic Works, Philosophy of Society

Table of Contents

Introduction
Nietzsche under Nazism
The Nietzsche Archives and the Reich
The Will to Power: An Editorial Fiction
The “Will to Power”: A Concept
The Overman
Darwinism?
Eternal Return
Peoples and Nations
“The Purest Race in Europe . . .”
The Concept of “Race”
In Fine
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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