Nietzsche and Depth Psychology

Edited by Jacob Golomb, Weaver Santaniello, and Ronald Lehrer

Subjects: Psychoanalysis
Paperback : 9780791441404, 364 pages, April 1999
Hardcover : 9780791441398, 364 pages, May 1999

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Table of contents




Introductory Essay: Nietzsche's New Psychology
Jacob Golomb

PART 1. Psychology in Nietzsche

1. Psychology as the "Great Hunt"
James P. Cadello

2. Nietzsche and Psychoanalysis: From Eternal Return to Compulsive Repetition and Beyond
Daniel Chapelle

3. The Birth of the Soul: Toward a Psychology of Decadence
Daniel W. Conway

4. The Garden of Innocence? Nietzsche's Psychology of Woman
Rochelle L. Millen

5. Nietzsche's Psychogenealogy of Religion and Racism
Weaver Santaniello

6. Willing Backwards: Nietzsche on Time, Pain, Joy, and Memory
Ofelia Schutte

7. Nietzsche and the Emotions
Robert Solomon

PART 2. Nietzsche and Psychology

8. The Birth of Psychoanalysis from the Spirit of Enmity: Nietzsche, Rée, and Psychology in the Nineteenth Century
Robert C. Holub

9. Nietzsche and Freud, or: How to Be within Philosophy While Criticizing It from Without
Eric Blondel

10. Freud and Nietzsche, 1892-1895
Ronald Lehrer

11. Nietzsche and Jung: Ambivalent Appreciation
Graham Parkes

12. Adler and Nietzsche
Ronald Lehrer

13. Reversing the Crease: Nietzsche's Influence on Otto Rank's Concept of Creative Will and the Birth of Individuality
Claude Barbe

PART 3. The Psychology of Nietzsche and His Readers

14. Nietzsche's Psychology and Rhetoric of World Redemption: Dionysus versus the Crucified
Claudia Crawford

15. Nietzsche's Secrets
Deborah Hayden

16. Nietzsche's Readers and Their "Will to Ignorance"
George Moraitis

17. Nietzsche's Striving
Carl Pletsch

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Explores the psychological aspects of Nietzsche's thought and his influence on psychological thinkers such as Freud, Jung, and Adler.


Exploring the connections between Nietzsche's thought and depth psychology, this book sheds new light on the relation between psychology and philosophy. It examines the status and function of Nietzsche's psychological insights within the framework of his thought; explores the formative impact of Nietzsche's "new psychology" on Freud, Adler, Jung, and other major psychoanalysts; and adopts Nietzsche's original psychological insights on the figure and biography of Nietzsche himself.

Contributors include Claude Barbre; Eric Blondel; James P. Cadello; Daniel Chapelle; Daniel W. Conway; Claudia Crawford; Jacob Golomb; Deborah Hayden; Robert C. Holub; Ronald Lehrer; Rochelle L. Millen; George Moraitis; Graham Parkes; Carl Pletsch; Weaver Santaniello; Ofelia Schutte; and Robert C. Solomon.

Jacob Golomb is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the author of several books, including Nietzsche's Enticing Psychology of Power. Weaver Santaniello is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Pennsylvania State University, Berks, and the author of Nietzsche, God, and the Jews, published by SUNY Press. Ronald Lehrer is Associate Professor of Education and Psychology and Program Head of the undergraduate program in Special Education at Touro College. He is the author of Nietzsche's Presence in Freud's Life and Thought: On the Origins of a Psychology of Dynamic Unconscious Mental Functioning, also published by SUNY Press.


"Nietzsche and Depth Psychology affords a rich variety of interpretations of Nietzsche's psychology and its relation to depth psychology, particularly to Freud—a judicious interpretation of power as opposed to will. The topic is very significant in itself and also for the relation between psychology and philosophy in general." — Joan Stambaugh, author of The Other Nietzsche