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Politics After Morality

Toward a Nietzschean Left

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  • Argues that Nietzsche's political philosophy requires the material egalitarianism of socialism
  • Shows how Nietzsche's aristocratism contradicts other, more fundamental commitments in his work
  • Clarifies how Nietzsche's principle of amor fati contributes to a theory of justice, rights, and democracy

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This book completes the project, begun in Nietzsche’s Immoralism: Politics as First Philosophy, of critically reconstructing a Nietzschean left politics. Nietzsche's incompatibilist ideal of amor fati requires reconceiving legitimacy as the breeding of a people whose material conditions enable it to affirm its social order. Justice is founded in a future, higher type’s right to exist against present individuals who internalize the contradictions of past societies. In opposition to Nietzsche’s self-undermining aristocratism, this right can only be realized through a universal promotion of the pluralistic unity of the manifold soul, secured by an equally manifold form of democracy. Against the covert aristocratism of liberal proceduralism, authentic democracy produces a true people grounded in shared, concrete happiness, requiring a comprehensive egalitarianism maintained by a permanent socialist state and achievable only through a populist, coalitional politics across identities that radically transforms the material conditions of our shared social life.

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. Part I

  2. Part II

  3. Part III


“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. He is the author of Nietzsche’s Immoralism: Politics as First Philosophy (2022).

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Politics After Morality

  • Book Subtitle: Toward a Nietzschean Left

  • 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: 978-3-031-12227-9Published: 20 October 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-12230-9Published: 21 October 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-12228-6Published: 19 October 2022

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XV, 330

  • Topics: Continental Philosophy, Political Theory

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