On Nietzsche

The Making of Friedrich Nietzsche

Please imagine this conversation between Plato and Nietzsche. Plato has just finished reading Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil. He paces the room. Herr Nietzsche is sitting ceremoniously on the brown couch, stroking his mustache. Plato closes the book and smirks… — A free spirit is… Plato says. — No Plato. Nietzsche interrupts. They are not …

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Nietzsche and Suffered Social Histories

Interest in the “therapeutic” aspects of Friedrich Nietzsche’s thought is growing in academic circles, after years of toiling in the shadows of more traditional philosophical interpretations in the tertiary scholarship. Studies such as Michael Ure’s Nietzsche’s Therapy: Self-Cultivation in the Middle Works (2008), Daniel Ahern’s The Smile of Tragedy: Nietzsche and the Art of Virtue (2012), and Horst Hutter and …

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Philosophizing Madness from Nietzsche to Derrida

The DSM-5 defines a mental disorder as “a syndrome characterized by clinically significant disturbance in an individual cognition, emotion regulation, or behavior that reflects a dysfunction in the psychological, biological, or developmental processes underlying mental functioning.” The DSM does not emphasize the word reflect. It seems, as many words in this impressive work of intellectual …

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