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Nietzsche on Freedom and Autonomy
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Nietzsche on Freedom and Autonomy

Ken Gemes and Simon May


The principal aim of this book is to elucidate what freedom, sovereignty, and autonomy mean for Nietzsche and what philosophical resources he gives us to re-think these crucial concepts. A related aim is to examine how Nietzsche connects these concepts to his thoughts about life-affirmation, self-love, promise-making, agency, the ‘will to nothingness’, and the ‘eternal recurrence’, as well as to his search for a ‘genealogical’ understanding of morality. These twelve chapters by leading Nietzsche scholars ask such key questions as: Can we reconcile his rejection of free will with his positive i ... More

Keywords: freedom, sovereignty, autonomy, Nietzsche, free will, ethics, theory of action, genealogical, eternal recurrence, agency

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199231560
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231560.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ken Gemes, editor
Birkbeck College, University of London
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Simon May, editor
Birkbeck College, University of London
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