Occupying the High Ground

in Nietzsche

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780192854148
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191776670 | DOI:

Series: Very Short Introductions

Occupying the High Ground

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‘Occupying the High Ground’ deals with the period after This Spoke Zarathustra when Nietzsche produced Beyond Good and Evil (BGE), which suggests a transvaluation of all values, and not just a man preparing to replace those we have with a new set, however drastic. The initial movements of thought in BGE are cunningly designed to create the maximum sense of unease about where we stand with respect to what we take to be our fundamental value: truth. The concepts of ‘faith in opposite values ’, life, vitality, and affirmation — and Nietzsche's views on them — are also considered.

Keywords: amor fati; criterion; eternal recurrence; life; music; perspectivism; Plato; tragedy; truth; Übermensch; will to power

Chapter.  4782 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Fiction, Novelists, and Prose Writers) ; 19th-Century Philosophy

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