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Nietzsche and The Antichrist: Religion, Politics, and Culture in Late Modernity

Nietzsche and The Antichrist: Religion, Politics, and Culture in Late Modernity

This collection both reflects and contributes to the recent surge of philosophical interest in The Antichrist and represents a major contribution to Nietzsche studies.

Nietzsche regarded The Antichrist, along with Zarathustra, as his most important work. In it he outlined many epoch-defining ideas, including his dawning realisation of the 'death of God' and the inception of a new, post-moral epoch in Western history. He called the work 'a crisis without equal on earth, the most profound collision of conscience, a decision that was conjured up against everything that had been believed, demanded, hallowed'.

One certainly need not share Nietzsche's estimation of his achievement in The Antichrist to conclude that there is something significant going on in this work. Indeed, even if Nietzsche overestimated its transformative power, it would be valuable nonetheless to have a clearer sense of why he thought so highly of this particular book, which is something of an outlier in his oeuvre. Until now, there has been no book that attempts to account with philosophical precision for the multiple themes addressed in this difficult and complex work.

Introduction

Chapter 1. A Revived God in The Antichrist? Nietzsche and the Sacralization of Natural Life

Chapter 2. History, Nature, and the “Genetic Fallacy” in The Antichrist’s Revaluation of Values

Chapter 3. Comparative Religion in The Antichrist: Pastiche, Subversion, Cultural Intervention

Chapter 4. Nietzsche’s Antichristian Ethics: Renaissance Virtù and the Project of Reevaluation

Chapter 5. Nietzsche’s Critique of Kant’s Priestly Philosophy

Chapter 6. Nietzsche’s Quest for the Historical Jesus

Chapter 7. Nietzsche and the Critique of Religion

Chapter 8. Nihilism, Naturalism, and the Will to Power in Nietzsche’s The Antichrist

Chapter 9. Resurgent Nobility and the Problem of False Consciousness

Chapter 10. Deconstructing the Human: Ludwig Binswanger on Homo Natura in Nietzsche and Freud

Chapter 11. Reading Dostoevsky in Turin: The Antichrist’s Accelerationism

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