Nietzsche’s View of Man

Robert G. Morrison

in Nietzsche and Buddhism

Published in print January 1999 | ISBN: 9780198238652
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679711 | DOI:
Nietzsche’s View of Man

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Although Nietzsche's proposed answer to the prospect of nihilism — the creation of new values — was a task he did not complete, he did leave us with his monistic alternative and replacement for God, which would have functioned as the arbitrator in his proposed creation of new values — his vision of existence characterized as Wille zur Macht or ‘will to power’. It is only through this notion that one can make overall sense of Nietzsche. As a principle of explanation, it brings together and unites much that in isolation seems contradictory and even bizarre, and it is also the maxim which underpins his thinking on subjects such as culture, art, morality, philosophy, religion, as well as providing a continuity between his earlier and later writings, despite the fact that the will to power did not explicitly appear until Zarathustra. This chapter shows that it is an explanatory principle gleaned from Nietzsche's understanding of human nature and the natural sciences, and it provides a new and interesting perspective on human history and culture as well as providing the new Weltanschauung upon which the post-nihilistic future would be built.

Keywords: Nietzsche; Buddhism; nihilism; will to power

Chapter.  13359 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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