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Nietzsche’s Futurism

Nietzsche’s Futurism Special Section: Nietzsche Studies Now | 253 wish Nietzsche scholarship would move away from: fear of emphasizing Nietzsche’s distinctiveness. Until quite recently, Nietzsche was not widely regarded as one of the giants of philosophy: he was not set alongside Kant, Hume, Plato, Aristotle, and so on. That has changed, or at least has begun to change. But it has bred an insecurity that is still manifest in the litera- ture. A large segment of the Nietzsche literature focuses on showing that Nietzsche is important because he said x and someone else who is thought to be important also says x. Thus, we have writers on Nietzsche whose high- est aspiration is to show that Nietzsche anticipates some (soon to be over- turned) claim in contemporary empirical psychology, or that his theory of x is analogous to “leading philosopher so-and-so’s” musings, or that he develops an idea that Hume or some other widely respected philosopher also develops. This uncritical deference to contemporary philosophical and psychological fashions is something that Nietzsche himself derided. Aside from that, the rewards of these readings tend to be exceptionally low. At best, Nietzsche turns out to be someone who oer ff ed an obscure, fumbling http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Nietzsche Studies Penn State University Press

Nietzsche’s Futurism

The Journal of Nietzsche Studies , Volume 49 (2) – Dec 5, 2018

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Abstract

Special Section: Nietzsche Studies Now | 253 wish Nietzsche scholarship would move away from: fear of emphasizing Nietzsche’s distinctiveness. Until quite recently, Nietzsche was not widely regarded as one of the giants of philosophy: he was not set alongside Kant, Hume, Plato, Aristotle, and so on. That has changed, or at least has begun to change. But it has bred an insecurity that is still manifest in the litera- ture. A large segment of the Nietzsche literature focuses on showing that Nietzsche is important because he said x and someone else who is thought to be important also says x. Thus, we have writers on Nietzsche whose high- est aspiration is to show that Nietzsche anticipates some (soon to be over- turned) claim in contemporary empirical psychology, or that his theory of x is analogous to “leading philosopher so-and-so’s” musings, or that he develops an idea that Hume or some other widely respected philosopher also develops. This uncritical deference to contemporary philosophical and psychological fashions is something that Nietzsche himself derided. Aside from that, the rewards of these readings tend to be exceptionally low. At best, Nietzsche turns out to be someone who oer ff ed an obscure, fumbling

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The Journal of Nietzsche StudiesPenn State University Press

Published: Dec 5, 2018

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