Was Nietzsche a Communitarian?

Posted on November 3, 2006

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… albeit a rather strange one? The received understanding of Nietzsche paints him as a individual elitist, most strikingly presented in the doctrine of the Übermensch. A recent conversation between members of the philosophy and government departments at Essex challenged this received notion. Pete Bloom argued that Nietzsche is more of a communitarian than scholars have generally given him credit for. This proved to be a somewhat contentious point, substantiated by reference to a little-known text “Homer’s Contest”. You can follow our email discussion (and comment if you feel like it) here.

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See haunting footage of Nietzsche on his deathbed in the Media Dump.

 

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