Nietzsche's Therapy: Self-Cultivation in the Middle Works

Ure, M. Nietzsche's Therapy: Self-Cultivation in the Middle Works. Lanham, MD, USA: Lexington Books, 2008.

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Author Ure, M.
Title Nietzsche's Therapy: Self-Cultivation in the Middle Works
Place of Publication Lanham, MD, USA
Publisher Lexington Books
Publication year 2008
Sub-type Research book (original research)
ISBN 9780739119969
Language eng
Total number of pages 283
Collection year 2009
Subjects 440000 Philosophy and Religion
220210 History of Philosophy
220311 Philosophical Psychology (incl. Moral Psychology and Philosophy of Action)
220318 Psychoanalytic Philosophy
970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Abstract/Summary Nietzsche's Therapy examines Nietzsche's middle works in order to challenge those views that dismiss his conception of self-cultivation as a symptom of unadulterated narcissism. It aims to develop a far more balanced and refined conception of his idea of self-cultivation by re-examining the much neglected free-spirit trilogy of Human, All Too Human, Daybreak, and The Gay Science. Contra Nietzsche's critics, it argues that the kind of self-cultivation that draws on the model of Hellenistic and Roman Stoic philosophical therapeia. It suggests that he renovates this therapeutic tradition through his own critical, psychoanalytic insights into narcissism and its transformations. It reconstructs Nietzsche's ethics of self-cultivation in terms of his psychological analysis of the pathological symptoms of narcissism and its healthy or positive transformations. In charting Nietzsche's course from pathological narcissism to mature individualism, Nietzsche's Therapy unpacks the philosophical and psychological basis of his critique of Rousseau and Schopenhauer's ethics of pitié/Mitleid, his use and analysis of comedy and humor in his critical, deflationary treatment of the malady of omnipotence, and his exploration of the idea of friendship as a positive counterpoint to damaged forms of intersubjectivity.
Keyword Nietzsche
middle period
Q-Index Code A1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Additional Notes Backcover “I cannot praise this book highly enough. It offers a set of rich insights into the texts of Nietzsche's unduly neglected 'middle period' and returns us to the congenial Nietzsche who is a great psychologist of the pathologies of human vanity and wounded narcissism and a philosopher of modesty and probity. His book succeeds in taking us beyond the aestheticist clichés that have impaired our reception and appreciation of Nietzsche in recent years. Michael Ure is a highly able and subtle reader of Nietzsche who has fresh things to say on Nietzsche's relation to Stoicism and psychoanalysis and on Nietzsche's use of the ironic and the comic. The book merits a wide readership and I am confident that it will inspire a major renewal of interest in the middle period texts both in terms of pedagogy and scholarship."—Keith Ansell Pearson, University of Warwick

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