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Nietzsche’s Immoralism

Politics as First Philosophy

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  • Offers an account of Nietzsche’s fatalism
  • Analyzes Nietzsche’s moral philosophy
  • Explains how Nietzsche reconceives political legitimacy

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Nietzsche’s Immoralism begins a two-volume critical reconstruction of a socialist, democratic, and non-liberal Nietzschean politics. Nietzsche’s ideal of amor fati (love of fate) cannot be individually adopted because it is incompatible with deep freedom of agency. However, we can create its social conditions thanks to an underappreciated aspect of his will-to-power psychology. We are driven not toward domination and conquest but toward resistance, contest, and play—a heightened feeling of power provoked by equal challenges that enables the non-instrumental affirmation of suffering. This incompatibilist, anti-teleological psychology leads to Nietzsche’s distinctive immoralism: the abandonment of cultural means of human improvement for a historical materialist politics of breeding that produces future higher types through changes to our political order’s material conditions. Politics becomes first philosophy: it is not grounded in moral values but is instead the very source of their legitimacy. Moreover, despite Nietzsche’s professed aristocratism, his immoralism offers a stronger foundation for a renewed left, attacking conservative politics at its very root: the belief in moral order, authority, and responsibility.

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

  1. Part I


“Donovan Miyasaki’s new book, the first of two volumes of masterful Nietzsche scholarship, has come at the perfect time for those interested in Nietzsche’s relation to political thought. … The book is at its strongest when it is explaining and interpreting Nietzsche’s thought, from elaborating his hard in compatibilist determinism to demonstrating the implicitly left-wing commitments of his core philosophy. Miyasaki consistently offers close and careful readings of Nietzsche’s work to back up his arguments in a highly convincing manner.” (Paul Gorby, Marx & Philosophy Reviews of Books,, March 23, 2023) “This is a thoughtful, provocative, important study that breaks new ground in efforts to bridge Nietzsche’s philosophy with democratic life and politics. Miyasaki argues that Nietzsche harbors a coherent political philosophy that we should draw from. Moreover, he maintains that proposing an agonistic alternative to egalitarianism conceals significant ways in which conflict and equality are not antithetical to each other. This is a significant contribution to Nietzsche studies that should prompt productive discussion. Highly recommended.” (Lawrence J. Hatab, Emeritus, Old Dominion University)

“Donovan Miyasaki has delivered a bold new treatment of Nietzsche’s contribution to political philosophy. Taking quite seriously the strongly fatalistic strains of Nietzsche’s late writings, Miyasaki forwards an original interpretation of Nietzsche’s ‘immoralism’ as an exercise in first philosophy. In this, the first of two impressive volumes, Miyasaki carefully builds the case for receiving Nietzsche not as a moral philosopher in any traditional or conventional sense, but as a proponent of historical materialism. Clearly written, expertly articulated, and thoroughly researched, Nietzsche’s Immoralism will be of great interest to students and scholars alike.” (Daniel Conway, Texas A&M University)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wright State University, Dayton, USA

    Donovan Miyasaki

About the author

Donovan Miyasaki is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wright State University, USA.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Nietzsche’s Immoralism

  • Book Subtitle: Politics as First Philosophy

  • Authors: Donovan Miyasaki

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  • 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 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-11358-1Published: 20 October 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-11361-1Published: 21 October 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-11359-8Published: 19 October 2022

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XV, 292

  • Topics: Continental Philosophy, Political Theory

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