By Nietzsche, Friedrich; Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm; Reginster, Bernard; Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm
between all of the nice thinkers of the earlier 200 years, Nietzsche maintains to occupy a unique place--not just for a vast diversity of lecturers but in addition for individuals of a much wider public, who locate a few of their such a lot urgent existential matters addressed in his works. principal between those matters is the query of the that means of a lifestyles characterised via inescapable affliction, at a time while the normal responses encouraged by means of Christianity are more and more wasting their credibility. whereas newest stories of Nietzsche's works have overlooked this basic factor, Bernard Reginster's ebook The confirmation of Life brings it sharply into concentration.
Reginster identifies overcoming nihilism as a imperative target of Nietzsche's philosophical venture, and indicates how this predicament systematically animates all of his major principles. specifically, Reginster's paintings develops an unique and stylish interpretation of the need to strength, which convincingly explains how Nietzsche makes use of this doctrine to mount a critique of the dominant Christian values, to beat the nihilistic melancholy they produce, and to figure out the stipulations of a brand new confirmation of existence. hence, Reginster attributes to Nietzsche a compelling considerable moral outlook in keeping with the notions of problem and creativity--an outlook that comprises an intensive reevaluation of the function and importance of agony in human life.
Replete with deeply unique insights on many familiar--and often misunderstood--Nietzschean innovations, Reginster's e-book may be necessary to a person imminent this towering determine of Western highbrow historical past.
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Extra info for The affirmation of life : Nietzsche on overcoming nihilism
In other words, the idea of a meaningful life is simply the idea of a life worth living, and so nihilism is the recognition of its valuelessness (“nun sieht die Welt werthlos aus” [WP 12]). And Nietzschean nihilism concerns the meaning of life in general: it is the view that “all that happens is meaningless” (WP 36; my emphasis). Nietzsche declares that life is worth living only if there are inspiring goals, or goals that inspire to live: accordingly, nihilism may be defined as goallessness: “What does nihilism mean?
First, the realization of the highest values must be the object of an expectation. So, this world’s essential inhospitability to their realization counts ipso facto as a ground to condemn it. Note, however, that the absence of an expected good that is not a necessary condition of the value of other goods gives us a reason to condemn our condition only with respect to the lack of that particular good, but not in every respect. We have not reached full-blown nihilism if we believe that there are respects in which life is still worth living.
II. The Sources of Nihilism 1. “God Is Dead” Considered as a philosophical position, nihilism is the “logical conclusion” of an implicit reasoning. As I use the term here, the sources of nihilism designate the premises of this implicit reasoning. Nietzsche presents nihilism as the consequence of truthfulness: “This realization is a consequence of the cultivation of ‘truthfulness’—thus itself a consequence of the faith in morality” (WP 3). Strictly speaking, however, the valuation of truthfulness is not a premise of nihilism.
The affirmation of life : Nietzsche on overcoming nihilism by Nietzsche, Friedrich; Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm; Reginster, Bernard; Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm