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Francesco Guercio (ed.), Reiner Schürmann: The Philosophy of Nietzsche

Reiner Schürmann, Francesco Guercio (ed.)

The Philosophy of Nietzsche

Softcover, 176 pages

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Nietzsche praised Kant for having “annihilated Socratism,” for exhibiting all ideals as essentially unattainable, and for having exposed himself to the despair of truth—all essential traits Nietzsche claimed for his own thinking. At the same time, the existentialist philosopher remained highly critical of Kant.

This volume of Reiner Schürmann’s lectures unpacks Nietzsche’s ambivalence towards Kant, in particular positioning Nietzsche’s claim to have brought an end to German idealism against the backdrop of the Kantian transcendental-critical tradition. Rather than simply compare the two philosophers, Schürmann’s lectures help us to understand the consequences Nietzsche derived from Kantian concepts, as well as the wider horizon within which Nietzsche’s ideas arose and can best be shown to apply. According to Schürmann’s trenchant reading: if Nietzsche was indeed “fatal” to Western philosophy, as he claimed, he was so in large part because of the Kantian transcendental thinking from which he inherited the very elements and tools of his criticism.

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    Plan of Lectures

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    Edition Guidelines

  • 15–24

    Lecture I: Transcendental Philosophy as the horizon of Nietzsche’s “Transvaluation of all values”

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    Lecture II: From the a priori forms of knowledge to “the Will to Power as Knowledge”

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    Lecture III: From truth as “the critical question” to tragic truth

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    Lecture IV: From the transcendental illusion to the negation of reflection

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    Lecture V: Nihilism and the relation of thinking to knowing

  • 67–75

    Lecture VI: The phenomenology of the Will to Power

  • 77–85

    Lecture VII: Play and chance in the “Formations of domination”

  • 87–95

    Lecture VIII: The destruction of teleology and the critique of morality

  • 97–104

    Lecture IX: The Eternal Recurrence as Transvaluation of Time

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    Lecture X: “I delivered all things from their bondage under Purpose”

  • 113–121

    Lecture XI: Nietzsche’s project of radical enlightenment

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    Lecture XII: “What is to be done?” Thinking as liberation

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    Lecture XIII: Heraclitean “justice”

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    Iconographic Appendix

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  • 165–173

    Tentative Chronology of Reiner Schürmann’s Courses at the New School for Social Research

  • 174–175

    Lecture Notes of Reiner Schürmann at the NSSR— Pierre Adler’s Inventory (1994)

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    Editorial Statement

  • Nietzsche
  • Kant
  • history of philosophy

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Francesco Guercio

is a Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy, Art and Critical Thought at the European Graduate School. His doctoral research has focused on late Reiner Schürmann’s published works and unpublished materials—which he is also translating into Italian. He is the editor of Reiner Schürmann’s The Philosophy of Nietzsche, Modern Philosophy of the Will (co-ed. with K. Aarons), and Le origini (Italian trans. by F. Scabbia).
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Reiner Schürmann

Reiner Schürmann

(1941–93) was a German philosopher. He was born in Amsterdam and lived in Germany, Israel, and France before immigrating to the United States in the 1970s, where he was professor and director of the Department of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York. He is the author of three books on philosophy: Heidegger on Being and Acting, Wandering Joy, and Broken Hegemonies. Origins is his only work of fiction. He never wrote nor published in his native German.
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