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The Nietzschean Mind

1st Edition

Edited by Paul Katsafanas


476 pages

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Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest thinkers of the nineteenth century. His work continues to have a significant influence on philosophy, cultural criticism and modern intellectual history.

The Nietzschean Mind seeks to provide a comprehensive survey of his work, not only placing it in its historical context but also exploring its contemporary significance. Comprising twenty-eight chapters by a team of international contributors, the volume is divided into seven parts: 

• Major works

• Philosophical psychology and agency

• The self

• Value

• Culture, society and politics

• Metaphysics and epistemology

• The affirmation of life

This handbook includes coverage of all major aspects of Nietzsche’s thought, including his discussions of value, culture, society, the self, agency, action, philosophical psychology, epistemology and metaphysics; explorations of the philosophical and scientific influences upon Nietzsche’s thought; and discussion of Nietzsche’s major works.

Essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy, Nietzsche’s work is central to ethics, moral psychology and political philosophy.


"Katsafanas’s new collection provides a highly sophisticated and clear overview of the state of the art in Nietzsche research, from method to meta-ethics to the structure of the self. This is an excellent and wide-ranging volume."

Dr Sacha Golob, King's College London, UK

"This handbook provides an excellent set of new papers on a wide range of Nietzschean topics.Written by a refreshing variety of interpreters, these chapters clarify and advance the philosophical debates over many of Nietzsche's most famous ideas, while also opening up fresh inquiries on several less treated points. This volume is an important resource for further work in the field."

John Richardson, New York University, USA

Table of Contents

Table of contents



    1. Introduction, Paul Katsafanas
    2. Abbreviations of Nietzsche’s works


      I. Major Works

    3. Keith Ansell-Pearson, "Cooling Down the Human Mind: Human, All too Human"
    4. Rebecca Bamford, "Dawn"
    5. Scott Jenkins, "The Gay Science"
    6. Christa Acampora, "Critical Questions: Nietzsche’s Legacy" (on BGE)
    7. Allison Merrick, "We Need a Critique of Moral Values: Regarding Genealogy and Normativity"
    8. Paul Katsafanas, "The Antichrist as a Guide to Nietzsche’s Mature Ethical Theory"

      II. Philosophical psychology and agency

    10. Bernard Reginster, "The Will to Power"
    11. Mark Alfano, "A Schooling in Contempt: Emotions and the Pathos of Distance"
    12. Tom Bailey, "Nietzsche’s Modest Theory of Agency"
    13. Neil Sinhababu, "Nietzsche’s Humean—All-too-Humean—Theory of Motivation"

      III. The self

    15. Gabriel Zamosc, "Nietzschean Wholeness"
    16. Mattia Riccardi, "A Tale of Two Selves: Nietzsche and the Contemporary Debates on the Self"
    17. Donald Rutherford, "Nietzsche and the Self"
    18. Ariela Tubert, "Nietzsche and Self-Constitution"

      IV. Value

    20. Peter Kail, "Value and Nature in Nietzsche"
    21. Alex Silk, "Nietzsche and Contemporary Metaethics"
    22. Reid Blackman, "Nietzsche’s Metaethics: Fictionalism for the Few, Error Theory for the Many"
    23. Maria João Mayer Branco and João Constâncio, "Philosophy as Free-Spiritedness: Philosophical Evaluative Judgments and Post-Kantian Aesthetics in Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil"


      V. Culture, Society, and Politics

    25. David Owen, "Constructing the Agon"
    26. Herman Siemens, "Nietzsche’s Agon"
    27. Frederick Neuhouser, "Nietzsche on Spiritual Health and Cultural Pathology"
    28. Robert Guay, "Genealogy and Social Practices"

      VI. Metaphysics and Epistemology

    30. Matthew Meyer, "Nietzsche’s Ontic Structural Realism"
    31. Andrew Huddleston, "Against ‘Egyptism’: Nietzsche on Understanding and ‘Defining’ Concepts"
    32. Jessica Berry, "The Will to a System: Nietzsche on Philosophy as Psychopathology"


      VII. The affirmation of life

    34. Daniel Came, "The Socratic Justification of Existence: Nietzsche on Wissenschaft and Existential Meaning"
    35. Paul Loeb, "The Colossal Moment in Nietzsche’s Gay Science 341"
    36. Beatrice Han-Pile, "Nietzsche and the Affirmation of Life"






About the Editor

Paul Katsafanas is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Boston University. He has published a number of articles on action, ethics, moral psychology and nineteenth-century philosophy. He is the author of two books: Agency and the Foundations of Ethics: Nietzschean Constitutivism (2013) and The Nietzschean Self: Moral Psychology, Agency, and the Unconscious (2016).

About the Series

Routledge Philosophical Minds

In philosophy past and present there are some philosophers who tower over the intellectual landscape and have shaped it in indelible ways. So significant is their impact that it is difficult to capture it in one place. The Routledge Philosophical Minds series presents a comprehensive survey of all aspects of a major philosopher's work, from analysis and criticism of their major texts and arguments to the way their ideas are taken up in contemporary philosophy and beyond. Edited by leading figures in their fields and with an outstanding international roster of contributors the series offers a magisterial and unrivalled picture of a great philosophical mind.

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