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Nietzsche on the Decadence and Flourishing of Culture

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2019.11.14 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Andrew Huddleston, Nietzsche on the Decadence and Flourishing of Culture, Oxford University Press, 2019, 191pp., $60.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198823674. Reviewed by Brian Leiter, University of Chicago This slim, intelligent volume -- an outgrowth of the author's doctoral dissertation -- raises a nice question that has received little attention in recent scholarship: is culture -- meaning "the collective life of a people, understood as akin to a great work of art" (3) -- something that continues to have "intrinsic" or "final" value for Nietzsche, beyond his early work? Andrew Huddleston argues against "individualist" readers of Nietzsche (Alexander Nehamas and this reviewer are targets) who hold that after the early 1870s, he changes his view and "Instead of reposing his hopes in culture . . . comes to occupy himself with the fate of a few great individuals" like Beethoven and Goethe (1). Against this, Huddleston argues that Nietzsche continues "to... Read More

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