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The Problem of Affective Nihilism in Nietzsche

Thinking Differently, Feeling Differently

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Presents a detailed and focused study of the problem of affective nihilism–nihilism as a feeling-based phenomenon–in the work of Friedrich Nietzsche

  • Addresses long-standing questions about agency in Nietzsche

  • Introduces the potential that ideas have to transform bodies

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    • Kaitlyn Creasy
    Pages 1-12
  3. What Is Nietzschean Nihilism?

    • Kaitlyn Creasy
    Pages 13-25
  4. Nihilism as Life-Denial

    • Kaitlyn Creasy
    Pages 27-62
  5. The Problem of Affective Nihilism

    • Kaitlyn Creasy
    Pages 87-106
  6. Affective Nihilists, Weak Agents

    • Kaitlyn Creasy
    Pages 107-120
  7. Overcoming Affective Nihilism

    • Kaitlyn Creasy
    Pages 137-175
  8. Back Matter

    Pages 177-188

About this book

Nietzsche is perhaps best known for his diagnosis of the problem of nihilism. Though his elaborations on this diagnosis often include descriptions of certain beliefs characteristic of the nihilist (such as beliefs in the meaninglessness or worthlessness of existence), he just as frequently specifies a variety of affective symptoms experienced by the nihilist that weaken their will and diminish their agency. This affective dimension to nihilism, however, remains drastically underexplored. In this book, Kaitlyn Creasy offers a comprehensive account of affective nihilism that draws on Nietzsche’s drive psychology, especially his reflections on affects and their transformative potential. After exploring Nietzsche’s account of affectivity (illuminating especially the transpersonal nature of affect in Nietzsche’s thought) and the phenomenon of affective nihilism, Creasy argues that affective nihilism might be overcome by employing a variety of Nietzschean strategies: experimentation, self-narration, and self-genealogy.

Keywords

  • Nietzsche
  • nihilism
  • Gemes
  • Reginster
  • Affect
  • theory

Reviews

“Recent scholarship has recognized the centrality of overcoming nihilism for Nietzsche’s overall philosophical ambitions. In this crisp new book, Kaitlyn Creasy makes a compelling case for the importance of nihilism’s affective side within that project. She clarifies the psychology of affect and explains the complex interactions between the affective bases of nihilism and its cognitive, ideological, and cultural manifestations. Every serious Nietzsche scholar will want to engage with The Problem of Affective Nihilism.”
 —R. Lanier Anderson, Professor of Philosophy, Stanford University, USA

 

“Creasy offers a comprehensive, insightful, and nuanced discussion of Nietzschean nihilism and its connection to moral psychology.  She explains how nihilism manifests as an affective condition in which a stable, mutually reinforcing cluster of depressive affects lead a person to a life-denying stance.  This book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in Nietzsche on nihilism and moral psychology.”
Paul Katsafanas, Professor of Philosophy, Boston University, USA

 

“This book gives a very engaging account of the current state of debate on Nietzsche's idea of nihilism, and argues persuasively that it is crucially 'affective': nihilism is a problem in our feeling more than in our thinking.  Creasy explores insightfully Nietzsche's diagnosis of the symptoms of this disorder, as well as his strategies for treating it. The book will be valuable to any student or scholar grappling with this topic.”
John Richardson, Professor of Philosophy, New York University, USA

Authors and Affiliations

  • California State University, San Bernardino, USA

    Kaitlyn Creasy

About the author

Kaitlyn Creasy is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at California State University, San Bernardino. Her work has been published in the Journal of Nietzsche Studies, Environmental Philosophy, and anthologies in Nietzsche studies and environmental philosophy.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Problem of Affective Nihilism in Nietzsche

  • Book Subtitle: Thinking Differently, Feeling Differently

  • Authors: Kaitlyn Creasy

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-37133-3

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Religion and Philosophy, Philosophy and Religion (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-37132-6Published: 11 June 2020

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-37135-7Published: 11 June 2021

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-37133-3Published: 10 June 2020

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XII, 188

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Continental Philosophy, Cognitive Linguistics, Cognitive Psychology

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eBook USD 64.99
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Softcover Book USD 84.99
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  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
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Hardcover Book USD 84.99
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