Nietzsche's Passions

Robert C. Solomon

in Living with Nietzsche

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195160147
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835065 | DOI:
 Nietzsche's Passions

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Nietzsche is obviously a very passionate philosopher. He also has a good deal to say about the passions. In particular, he distinguished between two sorts of passions, life-enhancing and life-stultifying. For good reason, he was cited by Freud and Adler as the progenitor of “Depth Psychology.” I explore Nietzsche views on emotions and offer a defense of the passions. I suggest that Nietzsche anticipates not only Freud but contemporary physiological theories of emotion. I also discuss Nietzsche’s conception of the “Will to Power” suggesting that the idea is both exaggerated in Nietzsche interpretation and disastrous in terms of Nietzsche’s own aims. I do defend a version of the will to power as the passionate life.

Keywords: passions; emotion; life-enhancing and life-stultifying passions; Freud; Adler; Depth Psychology; physiological theories of emotion; the “Will to Power,” the passionate life

Chapter.  13378 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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