Sovereignty of Joy: Nietzsches Vision of Grand Politics Alex McIntyre

ISBN: 9781282029408

Published: January 11th 2010

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Sovereignty of Joy: Nietzsches Vision of Grand Politics  by  Alex McIntyre

Sovereignty of Joy: Nietzsches Vision of Grand Politics by Alex McIntyre
January 11th 2010 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 187 pages | ISBN: 9781282029408 | 3.57 Mb

Nietzsches philosophical effort is fundamentally a response to the political question of who should rule and upon what basis in the era following the death of God. Because Nietzsches response to nihilism is so unique, scholars still debate theMoreNietzsches philosophical effort is fundamentally a response to the political question of who should rule and upon what basis in the era following the death of God. Because Nietzsches response to nihilism is so unique, scholars still debate the nature and success of his political philosophy in overcoming a spirit of revenge.

In The Sovereignty of Joy: Nietzsches Vision of Grand Politics, Alex McIntyre suggests that a sense of tragic joy is the legislating experience at the heart of Nietzsches philosophy. A Dionysian exuberance animates all of Nietzsches central ideas -- will to power, self-mastery, the Overman, amor fati, eternal return -- and especially his grand politics, which McIntyre argues is the political elaboration of the sovereignty of joy.This study interprets Nietzsches conception of tragic joy as the affirmation of the fullness of becoming at every moment, an affirmation which overcomes revenge and nihilism by embracing suffering and loss.

As the embodiment of tragic joy, the Overman represents a new form of philosophical statesmanship that cannot be reduced to either a politics of domination or an idealistic utopianism, for such an interpretation ignores the atopian nature of Nietzsches grand politics. McIntyre characterizes atopia as the double position of the Nietzschean philosopher at both the centre and the periphery of a political culture through the revaluation of all values.By rediscovering the ethos of communion and the creative conception of joy that inform Nietzsches writings, The Sovereignty of Joy persuasively challenges the notion that Nietzsches grand politics are power politics or utopian idealism in another form



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