Friedrich Nietzsche on the Philosophy of Right and the State

By Nikos Kazantzakis
Translated by Odysseus Makridis
Introduction by Odysseus Makridis
Notes by Odysseus Makridis

Subjects: Comparative Literature
Paperback : 9780791467329, 142 pages, June 2007
Hardcover : 9780791467312, 142 pages, July 2006

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Table of contents

Translator’s Preface


1. Prolegomena


A. The Times
B. The Character and Life of Friedrich Nietzsche


2. [Nihilism]

3. 1. [Human Nature]


A. Man in General
B. Man's Historical Evolution
C. The Constitution of Human Nature


a. Soul
b. Free Will
c. On Human Equality


2. Family


The Natures of Man and Woman—Marriage


3. The State


4. Religion—Morality—Right


A. Religion
B. Morality
C. Right


5. [Recapitulation and] Conclusion

6. The Positive Aspect of Nietzsche's Philosophy


First English translation of Nikos Kazantzakis’s 1909 doctoral dissertation on Nietzsche.


This book represents the first English translation of Nikos Kazantzakis's 1909 dissertation on Friedrich Nietzsche's political and legal philosophy. Before Kazantzakis became one of the best-known modern Greek writers, he was an avid student of Nietzsche's thought, discovering Nietzsche while studying law in Paris from 1907 to 1909. This powerful assessment of Nietzsche's radical political thought is translated here from a restored and authentic recent edition of the original. Its deep insights are unencumbered by the encrustations that generations of Nietzsche's admirers and detractors have deposed on the original Nietzschean corpus. The book also offers a revealing glimpse into the formative stage of Kazantzakis's thought.

Nikos Kazantzakis (1883–1957) is the author of Zorba the Greek, The Last Temptation of Christ, and the modern Greek epic Odyssey. Odysseus Makridis is Assistant Professor in Philosophy and the Humanities at Fairleigh Dickinson University and the translator of Letters and Sayings of Epicurus.