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Living with NietzscheWhat the Great "Immoralist" has to Teach Us$
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Robert C. Solomon

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195160147

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195160142.001.0001

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Nietzsche's Passions

Nietzsche's Passions

(p.63) Chapter 3 Nietzsche's Passions
Living with Nietzsche

Robert C. Solomon

Oxford University Press

Nietzsche is obviously a very passionate philosopher. He also has a good deal to say about the passions. In particular, he distinguished between two sorts of passions, life-enhancing and life-stultifying. For good reason, he was cited by Freud and Adler as the progenitor of “Depth Psychology.” I explore Nietzsche views on emotions and offer a defense of the passions. I suggest that Nietzsche anticipates not only Freud but contemporary physiological theories of emotion. I also discuss Nietzsche’s conception of the “Will to Power” suggesting that the idea is both exaggerated in Nietzsche interpretation and disastrous in terms of Nietzsche’s own aims. I do defend a version of the will to power as the passionate life.

Keywords:   passions, emotion, life-enhancing and life-stultifying passions, Freud, Adler, Depth Psychology, physiological theories of emotion, the “Will to Power,” the passionate life

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