Individual and Community in Nietzsche's Philosophy

2015.04.12 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Julian Young (ed.), Individual and Community in Nietzsche's Philosophy, Cambridge University Press, 2015, 247pp., $90.00 (hbk),
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2015.04.12 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Julian Young (ed.), Individual and Community in Nietzsche's Philosophy, Cambridge University Press, 2015, 247pp., $90.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781107049857. Reviewed by Andrew Huddleston, Birkbeck, University of London Nietzsche has often been held to be a highly individualistic thinker. According to this reading, he concerns himself with the wellbeing of a few choice individuals, and cares little about "the herd," except insofar as they are a help or a hindrance to these exceptional individuals and their project of self-cultivation. Julian Young's pioneering 2006 study Nietzsche's Philosophy of Religion questioned this traditional interpretation. It sought to situate Nietzsche in a strand of communitarian thinking, according to which the community as a whole, not individuals, is the primary locus of value. Such a community flourishes when it is united under the horizon of a shared worldview, especially one of. . .

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