Nietzsche as Political Philosopher, a book I co-edited with Manuel Knoll, and to which I contributed a chapter , has been available directly from the publisher De Gruyter, or via internet book sellers for a day or two now.
My chapter has the title ‘A Comparison of Friedrich Nietzsche with Wilhelm von Humboldt as Products of Classical Liberalism’.
I also co-wrote a substantial introduction to the book with the other editor.
The introduction is divided into the following sections:
1. The scholarly debate about Nietzsche’s about Nietzsche’s political preferences and affinities
2. A brief overview of Nietzsche’s political philosophy
3. Nietzsche’s relation to some of the political ideas of his time
4. Selected influences of Nietzsche on political thought
Other contributors range from graduate students to some of the best known señor scholars in the field of Nietzsche studies. Very varied viewpoints about Nietzsche’s political affinities are represented as well as a broad range of topics, contexts, and approaches including discussion of Weber, Foucault, Laruelle, power, political materialism, political realism, genealogy, aristocratic radicalism, Bonapartism, democracy, liberalism, egalitarianism, physiology, naturalism, antiquity, the Übermensch/Overman, physiology, political materialism, colonialism, cultural history, will to power, care of the self, immoralism, nineteenth century history and culture, and various other themes.
It is a rather expensive academic editions I’m afraid, so this may be a book to order for your library rather than purchase individually. Unfortunately, a hardback from an academic press of this kind may simply be difficult for many people to see. Apologies to any readers of this blog in that position, I hope you can somehow find a copy online (it is available as a pdf and an e-book) or in physical space, to at least look at it if not own, before very long, if you are interested. Keep trying all the angles.
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter, Berlin/Boston MA
Date of Publication: July 2014
Name and subject indexes
Description the editors provided to De Gruyter
This collection establishes Nietzsche’s importance as a political philosopher. It includes a substantial introduction and eighteen chapters by some of the most renowned Nietzsche scholars. The book examines Nietzsche’s connections with political thought since Plato, major influences on him, his methodology, and his influence on subsequent thought. The book includes extensive coverage of the debate between radical aristocratic readings of Nietzsche, and more liberal or democratic readings. Close readings of Nietzsche’s texts are combined with a contextualising approach to build up a complete picture of his place in political philosophy. Topics include the relevance of Bonapartism and classical liberalism, Nietzsche on Christianity, the cultural history of Germany, the Übermensch, ethics and politics in Nietzsche, and the controversial question of his political preferences and affinities. Nietzsche’s political thought is compared with that of Humboldt, Weber and Foucault. The book is essential reading for anyone concerned with Nietzsche’s thought, political philosophy, and the history of political ideas.
Manuel Knoll and Barry Stocker
Introduction: Nietzsche as political philosopher 1
I. The Variety of Approaches to Nietzsche’s Political Thought
The “Will to Power”: Towards a Nietzschean Systematics of Moral-Political Divergence in History in Light of the 20th Century 39
The Liberatory Limits of Nietzsche’s Colonial Imagination in Dawn 206 59
Nandita Biswas Mellamphy
Nietzsche’s Political Materialism: Diagram for a Nietzschean Politics 77 II. Democratic, or Liberal, or Egalitarian Politics in Nietzsche
Nietzsche on Power and Democracy circa 1876–1881 93
Lawrence J. Hatab
Nietzsche’s Will to Power and Politics 113
A Comparison of Friedrich Nietzsche and Wilhelm von Humboldt as Products of Classical Liberalism 135
A Nietzschean Case for Illiberal Egalitarianism 155
III. Aristocratic, or Anti-Liberal, or Non-Egalitarian Politics in
Nietzsche, Theognis and Aristocratic Radicalism 173
Aristocratic Radicalism as a Species of Bonapartism: Preliminary Elements 195
Phillip H. Roth
Political and Psychological Prerequisites for Legislation in the Early Nietz- sche 211
The “Übermensch” as a Social and Political Task: A Study in the Continuity of Nietzsche’s Political Thought 239
IV. Ethics, Morality, and Politics in Nietzsche
Care of Self in Dawn: On Nietzsche’s Resistance to Bio-political Modernity 269
“We who are different, we immoralists…” 287
Christian J. Emden
Political Realism Naturalized: Nietzsche on the State, Morality, and Human Nature 313
The “Last Man” Problem: Nietzsche and Weber on Political Attitudes to Suffering 345
V. Physiology, Genealogy, and Politics in Nietzsche
The Politics of Physiology 383
On the Genealogy of Nietzsche’s Values 405
Foucault’s use of Nietzsche 431
Notes on Contributors 449