Nietzsche on the Decadence and Flourishing of Culture (Hardcover)

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In Nietzsche's first book The Birth of Tragedy (1872), cultural renewal is paramount among his concerns. In the person of Richard Wagner, Nietzsche saw someone who might bring together a fragmented and directionless modern society through the creation of tragic festival that, through its mythic content, would allegedly give renewed meaning and purpose to human life. The standard story about Nietzsche's philosophical development is that he becomes disillusioned with this project and his mature philosophy undergoes a radical shift. Instead of reposing his hopes in a broader culture, he comes to occupy himself instead with the fate of a few great individuals, or, at the extreme, perhaps mainly with his own quasi-artistic self-cultivation. On these readings, to the extent that he remains concerned with culture at all, it is only as something whose noxious influence threatens this cadre of elite individuals. Nietzsche on the Decadence and Flourishing of Culture questions this
individualist reading that has become prevalent, and develops an alternative interpretation of Nietzsche as a more social thinker who sees collective cultural achievements as no less important. Great individuals are not all that matter. Andrew Huddleston uses Nietzsche's perfectionistic ideal of a flourishing culture and his diagnostics of cultural malaise as a point of departure for reconsidering many of the central themes in Nietzsche's ethics and social philosophy, as well as for understanding the interconnections with the form of cultural criticism that was part and parcel of his distinctive philosophical enterprise.

About the Author

Andrew Huddleston, Senior Lecturer, Birkbeck, University of London Andrew Huddleston is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London. He studied as an undergraduate at Brown University and at Pembroke College, Cambridge. He completed his PhD at Princeton University under the supervision of Alexander Nehamas. Prior to coming to Birkbeck, he was a Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780198823674
ISBN-10: 0198823673
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: June 25th, 2019
Pages: 208
Language: English