The Affirmation of Life: Nietzsche on Overcoming Nihilism

The Affirmation of Life: Nietzsche on Overcoming NihilismAmong All The Great Thinkers Of The Past Two Hundred Years, Nietzsche Continues To Occupy A Special Place Not Only For A Broad Range Of Academics But Also For Members Of A Wider Public, Who Find Some Of Their Most Pressing Existential Concerns Addressed In His Works Central Among These Concerns Is The Question Of The Meaning Of A Life Characterized By Inescapable Suffering, At A Time When The Traditional Responses Inspired By Christianity Are Increasingly Losing Their Credibility While Most Recent Studies Of Nietzsche S Works Have Lost Sight Of This Fundamental Issue, Bernard Reginster S Book The Affirmation Of Life Brings It Sharply Into Focus.Reginster Identifies Overcoming Nihilism As A Central Objective Of Nietzsche S Philosophical Project, And Shows How This Concern Systematically Animates All Of His Main Ideas In Particular, Reginster S Work Develops An Original And Elegant Interpretation Of The Will To Power, Which Convincingly Explains How Nietzsche Uses This Doctrine To Mount A Critique Of The Dominant Christian Values, To Overcome The Nihilistic Despair They Produce, And To Determine The Conditions Of A New Affirmation Of Life Thus, Reginster Attributes To Nietzsche A Compelling Substantive Ethical Outlook Based On The Notions Of Challenge And Creativity An Outlook That Involves A Radical Reevaluation Of The Role And Significance Of Suffering In Human Existence.Replete With Deeply Original Insights On Many Familiar And Frequently Misunderstood Nietzschean Concepts, Reginster S Book Will Be Essential To Anyone Approaching This Towering Figure Of Western Intellectual History. Have you ever said Yes to a single joy O my friends, then you have said Yes too to all woe All things are entangled, ensnared, enad if ever you wanted one thing twice, if ever you said, You please me, happiness Abide moment then you wanted all back All anew, all eternally, all entangled, ensnared, enad oh then you loved the world Eternal ones, love it eternally and ever and to woe too, you say go, but return For all joy wants eternity Friedrich Nietzsche Thus Spake Zarathustra A Book for All and None This is the best overall take on Nietzsche I ve seen yet It focuses on the aspect of his work that I was most drawn to when first really getting into it and would continue to exalt above all else to this day a deep affirmation of existence This book is very carefully laid out, well argued, insightful, evenhanded and corrects many extremely common mischaracterizations of Nietzsche s central themes.I wouldn t recommend this to newcomers, unless they have a penchant for reading serious scholarly analysis generally and have at least some primer on Nietzsche under their belt already This isn t to say this book is dry or overly technical, rather it s just extremely thorough in its argumentative rigor and references nearly all of the work which compr
Nietzsche s esoteric works lend themselves to enough misinterpretation and confusion that one should never turn down a chance to get clarification This is a good book for that purposeBernard Reginster s 290 pages include a useful 20 page introduction and a surprisingly interesting footnote section at the end, also about 20 pages The four chapters, or sections, of the book concentrate on Nietzsche s ethics Reginster emphasizes Nietzsche s two unprecedented contributions to ethics the Will to Power and the Revaluation of Values While referring to the interpretations other philosophers have given to Nietzsche s writings, his own focus is the context in which Nietzsche developed his ethics for example, the importance of understanding Schopenhauer as the wall against which Nietzsche butts his head This context explains a lot the source of modern moral despair, the emergence of nihilism from the ethics of compassion, and other modern ideas that Nietzsche took on It gives meaning to the idea of becoming as a important moral concept than
I don t know why, for such a radical thinker who surged with creative energy and was resolutely opposed to any sort of philosophical methodology, Nietzsche attracts the most boring of interpreters The book is dense and filled with jargon I don t mind this if the jargon is due to legitimate complexity of the concepts But this book just bears the hall
As suggested by the title of the book, Reginster considers Nitzsche s biggest crisis as nihilism And the way to overcome it is by affirming life, regardless of any absolute and objective meaning of life, which, according to Reginster, is Nietzsche s biggest philosophical achievement.Reginster takes a systematic approach to Nietzsche s works and the book brings out two major theses 1 a systematic view of Nietzsche s account on affirming life, and 2 a project of a revaluation of values, which is a positive account of ethics.Chapter One NihilismFirst, one must ask the question on whether life does have meaning, if life is worth living at all Second, to have a life worth living is to have goals Goals are meant to realize state of affairs values are meant to give a reason on why a state of affairs is worthy to bring about Achieving certain goals is a necessary condition of the realization of values Thus, if something is an unattainable goals, then it is also an unrealizable value Third, goals should inspire an agent to go on continue living This all depends on how the agent sees the value of the goal and whether the goal is realizable.So how does nihilism fit in It is when the v
This book is an excellent work of scholarship on Nietzsche It argues, correctly in my view, against over hyped claims that Nietzsche is purposely anti systematic thinker to show that the problem of nihilism is the central issue in his philosophy and that he presents a systematic response to it Register displays a command of Nietzsche s writings to develop and defend his view Along the way the discusses a variety of key themes in Nietzsche s phil
Reginster is a rich and subtle reader of Nietzsche I particularly appreciate his passages on Nietzsche s concept of happiness as being active creativity s overcoming of resistance rather than a state of c
A good amount to engage and disagree with here, especially on the issue of Nietzsche s meta ethics Nevertheless, anyone interested in Nietzsche should read Reginster s chapter on the will to power. I m almost finished this All of my concerns about Nihilism and Nietzsche are laid out bare in this work. this book is very helpful for those who want a deeper understanding of nietzsche and his work ideas reginster takes the stance that nietzsche s main philosophical project was the affirmation of life and avoidance of nihilism taking the whole of nietzsche s body of works, those published during and after his life, and couching the analysis through much of schopenhauer s philosophy who was very influencial on nietzsche , reginster accounts for nietzsche s claims about the sources of nihilism the death of god, the belief in god, certain highest values that are held, and how these entail nihilism e.g to claim that life is meaningless unless god exists is to hold a certain premise, normative objectivism, as being true normative objectivism is the claim that a value s normative authority, or worth as a value, depends upon its objective standing there is no normative reason we should hold normative objectivism as true, so we can revaluate values in terms of other propositions this is getting a little bit ahead nihilism, according to reginster, comes in two forms, disorientation and despair disorientation comes when we sense that there is no objective standing for our values, and despair is when we sense the unrealizability of the values we hold this takes certain twists and turns, and in the end, nietzsche offers a way out of all this by the revaluation of suffering in human existence and the revaluation of values in terms of the will to power, which reginster defines as the st
A very insightful and convincing examination of Nietzsche s perspectives on life, morality, and creativity A bit problematic in its reliance on Will to Power which is a mock up book, nothing N ever planned to publish , and it like most critical accoun

BOOKS ✪ The Affirmation of Life: Nietzsche on Overcoming Nihilism Author Bernard Reginster –
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  • The Affirmation of Life: Nietzsche on Overcoming Nihilism
  • Bernard Reginster
  • English
  • 09 December 2019
  • 9780674042643