<p>Abstract:</p><p>Scholars have long debated how best to understand Nietzscheâs âgreat politics.â But they have hitherto neglected Nietzscheâs own suggestion that <i>Thus Spoke Zarathustra</i> (<i>Z</i>) provides a âformulaâ for it. This article thus provides a fresh interpretation of âgreat politicsâ based on a reading of <i>Z</i>. It argues that âgreat politicsâ is concerned above all with the question of how to overcome humankind in its present form. Such overcoming does not have a specific goal. Rather, <i>Z</i> suggests that a continuous overcoming of the present is required in order to remain attuned to the nature of life itself and allow for human flourishing. In the ânew peoplesâ Nietzsche anticipates, politics would take on a form that radically revalues many foundational assumptions of political philosophy. In offering a new understanding of âgreat politics,â this article therefore also suggests an answer to the question whether and in what sense Nietzsche is a political philosopher.</p>
The Journal of Nietzsche Studies – Penn State University Press
Published: Mar 3, 2020
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