Nietzsche as Postmodernist

Essays Pro and Contra

Edited by Clayton Koelb
Introduction by Clayton Koelb

Subjects: Philosophy
Series: SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy
Paperback : 9780791403426, 350 pages, September 1990
Hardcover : 9780791403419, 350 pages, September 1990

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Table of contents


Introduction: So What's the Story?

Clayton Koelb

Part 1: Postmodern Perspectives

1. Redeeming Revenge: Nietzsche, Benjamin, Heidegger, and the Politics of Memory

Rebecca Comay

2. Translating, Repeating, Naming: Foucault, Derrida, and The Genealogy of Morals

Gary Shapiro

3. Nietzsche's Madman: Perspectivism without Nihilism

Debra B. Bergoffen

Part 2: Deconstruction

4. Language and Deconstruction: Nietzsche, de Man, and Postmodernism

Maudemarie Clark

5. Nietzsche contra Nietzsche: The Deconstruction of Zarathustra

Daniel W. Conway

6. De Man Missing Nietzsche: Hinzugedichtet Revisited

Richard H. Weisberg

Part 3: Reading, Writing, and Rhetoric

7. The Dance from Mouth to Hand (Speaking Zarathustra's Write Foot ForeWord)

Graham Parkes

8. Reading as a Philosophical Strategy: Nietzsche's The Gay Science

Clayton Koelb

9. Nietzsche's Physiology of Ideological Criticism

Claudia Crawford

Part 4: Versions of the Self

10. Nietzsche and Postmodern Subjectivity

Kathleen Higgins

11. The Mask of Nietzsche's Self-Overcoming

Charles E. Scott

12. Zarathustra's Three Metamorphoses

Robert Gooding-Williams

Part 5: Postmodernism Pro and Contra

13. Nietzsche and the Condition of Postmodern Thought: Post-Nietzschean Postmodernism
Babette E. Babich

14. Nietzsche, Postmodernism, and Resentment: A Genealogical Hypothesis

Robert C. Solomon


Notes on Contributors



The contributors discuss the current debate about what philosophy is, how it works, and how Nietzsche's thought clarifies or complicates its understanding. They represent a wide range of views and practices, some aggressively postmodern in their approach, some profoundly skeptical about postmodernism. Although the issue of postmodernism is the central focus, the essays also touch on many other areas of interest to readers of Nietzsche.

Clayton Koelb is Professor of German and Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago.


"This book addresses the quite timely question of the place of Nietzsche's thought with respect to the Western tradition; the question whether Nietzsche defines or denies the very notion of philosophy as a tradition. With recent shifts in philosophical movements, especially those following in the wake of Heidegger, Nietzsche's work, always of interest, takes on a new and enlarged significance. The topic is extraordinarily timely and significant not just to these times. " — Dennis J. Schmidt, State University of New York at Binghamton