Nietzsche's Culture of Humanity: Beyond Aristocracy and Democracy in the Early Period

2016.05.11 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jeffrey Church, Nietzsche's Culture of Humanity: Beyond Aristocracy and Democracy in the Early Period, Cambridge University
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2016.05.11 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jeffrey Church, Nietzsche's Culture of Humanity: Beyond Aristocracy and Democracy in the Early Period, Cambridge University Press, 2015, 278pp., $99.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781107120266. Reviewed by  Joshua Foa Dienstag, University of California, Los Angeles Jeffrey Church's new book attempts to settle a dispute that has riven the Nietzsche literature for at least two decades: should we understand the implications of Nietzsche's political theory to be aristocratic or democratic? Both positions have something to be said for them. Church maintains, however, that the best answer is that neither is correct and we should instead recognize Nietzsche's politics as "meritocratic" and even classically liberal: "Nietzsche is neither aristocrat nor democrat, but a classical liberal thinker who seeks to lodge high culture prominently in public esteem" (p. 5). To substantiate this claim, Church focuses on the texts of what he. . .

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