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Nietzsche, Carlyle, and Perfectionism

Nietzsche, Carlyle, and Perfectionism Perfectionist readings of Nietzsche have paid much attention to the positive influence of Emerson. I suggest that exploring Nietzsche’s reception of Thomas Carlyle, a leading contemporary and friend of Emerson’s, provides us with additional interesting insights into Nietzsche’s thought. What is distinctive here is that Nietzsche strongly objects to the ethical picture that Carlyle propounds in the lecture series <i>On Heroes, Hero-Worship and the Heroic in History</i>. By looking at the grounds of this opposition I argue that Nietzsche holds a skeptical, antiromantic perfectionism that is sensitive to the very dangers to which it gives rise. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Nietzsche Studies Penn State University Press

Nietzsche, Carlyle, and Perfectionism

The Journal of Nietzsche Studies , Volume 45 (3) – Nov 26, 2014

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Abstract

Perfectionist readings of Nietzsche have paid much attention to the positive influence of Emerson. I suggest that exploring Nietzsche’s reception of Thomas Carlyle, a leading contemporary and friend of Emerson’s, provides us with additional interesting insights into Nietzsche’s thought. What is distinctive here is that Nietzsche strongly objects to the ethical picture that Carlyle propounds in the lecture series <i>On Heroes, Hero-Worship and the Heroic in History</i>. By looking at the grounds of this opposition I argue that Nietzsche holds a skeptical, antiromantic perfectionism that is sensitive to the very dangers to which it gives rise.

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The Journal of Nietzsche StudiesPenn State University Press

Published: Nov 26, 2014

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