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Nietzsche's Great Politics by Hugo Drochon (review)

Nietzsche's Great Politics by Hugo Drochon (review) Book Reviews Hugo Drochon, Nietzsche’s Great Politics. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2016. 224 pp. isbn: 9780691166346. Hardcover, $45.00. Reviewed by Christian J. Emden, Rice University Hugo Drochon’s Nietzsche’s Great Politics is a well-written and well-argued account of Nietzsche’s political vision that presents itself squarely within the tradition of Cambridge School intellectual history. As such, Drochon explicitly rejects interpretations of Nietzsche’s political thought that start from the premise of normative democratic theory, but he also fully and rightly rejects any attempt to read Nietzsche’s political ideas through the lens of his appropriation by the Nazi regime. Instead, Drochon’s aim is to situate Nietzsche in the context of the nineteenth century, especially Imperial Germany, and he is correct in pointing out that the formative peri- ods in Nietzsche’s intellectual development roughly map onto Bismarck’s government of Germany. Nietzsche’s “visions of politics”—to use the title of Quentin Skinner’s highly influential collection of essays that outline the program of Cambridge School intellectual history—are visions of “great politics” that seek to overcome the Machtpolitik of Bismarck’s Reich, cen- tered as it was on the internal stabilization of the new German Empire aer ft the Franco-Prussian War. In opposition to both Bernard Williams and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Nietzsche Studies Penn State University Press

Nietzsche's Great Politics by Hugo Drochon (review)

The Journal of Nietzsche Studies , Volume 50 (1) – Apr 5, 2019

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Book Reviews Hugo Drochon, Nietzsche’s Great Politics. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2016. 224 pp. isbn: 9780691166346. Hardcover, $45.00. Reviewed by Christian J. Emden, Rice University Hugo Drochon’s Nietzsche’s Great Politics is a well-written and well-argued account of Nietzsche’s political vision that presents itself squarely within the tradition of Cambridge School intellectual history. As such, Drochon explicitly rejects interpretations of Nietzsche’s political thought that start from the premise of normative democratic theory, but he also fully and rightly rejects any attempt to read Nietzsche’s political ideas through the lens of his appropriation by the Nazi regime. Instead, Drochon’s aim is to situate Nietzsche in the context of the nineteenth century, especially Imperial Germany, and he is correct in pointing out that the formative peri- ods in Nietzsche’s intellectual development roughly map onto Bismarck’s government of Germany. Nietzsche’s “visions of politics”—to use the title of Quentin Skinner’s highly influential collection of essays that outline the program of Cambridge School intellectual history—are visions of “great politics” that seek to overcome the Machtpolitik of Bismarck’s Reich, cen- tered as it was on the internal stabilization of the new German Empire aer ft the Franco-Prussian War. In opposition to both Bernard Williams and

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The Journal of Nietzsche StudiesPenn State University Press

Published: Apr 5, 2019

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