9781137302090

Kierkegaard and Nietzsche on the Best Way of Life A New Method of Ethics

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    9781137302090

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    1137302097

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-11-19
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

Søren Kierkegaard and Friedrich Nietzsche remain two of the most interesting and compelling thinkers for contemporary readers. Rejecting the dry, dispassionate tone of most academic philosophy, these thinkers offer witty, penetrating critiques of many modern values as well as passionately moving portraits of alternative ideals. This work reveals that what Kierkegaard and Nietzsche most fundamentally share, and what can be their greatest contribution to contemporary ethics, is a method of illustrating and evaluating different ways of life considered as a whole. In asking what way of life is best, Kierkegaard and Nietzsche revive an ancient approach to ethics largely neglected throughout the modern era. This work offers a detailed elucidation of this method and of their respective ideals, Kierkegaard's life of faith and Nietzsche's life of individual sovereignty. These ideals are explored within each thinker's typology of different ways of life and then compared and contrasted with each other.

Author Biography

Thomas P. Miles is Adjunct Assistant Professor at Boston College, USA. He is a Fulbright scholar who holds degrees in philosophy from Yale University, Cambridge University, and the University of Texas at Austin. He has published numerous articles on Kierkegaard and Nietzsche, as well as Wittgenstein, Hume, and Dante.

Table of Contents

Abbreviation of Titles
Introduction
1. Kierkegaard's Ways of Life
2. Nietzsche's Ways of Life
3. Kierkegaard on Internal Collapse as Despair
4. Nietzsche on Internal Collapse as Nihilism
5. Contrasting Kierkegaard and Nietzsche
6. Comparing Kierkegaard and Nietzsche
7. Conclusions
Bibliography
Index

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