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Nietzsche’s “Great Politics” and Zarathustra’s New Peoples

Loschenkohl, Birte (2020) 'Nietzsche’s “Great Politics” and Zarathustra’s New Peoples.' Journal of Nietzsche Studies, 51 (1). pp. 21-45. ISSN 0968-8005

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Scholars have long debated how best to understand Nietzsche’s “great politics.” But they have hitherto neglected Nietzsche’s own suggestion that us Spoke Zarathustra (Z) provides a “formula” for it. is article thus provides a fresh interpretation of “great politics” based on a reading of Z. It argues that “great politics” is concerned above all with the question of how to overcome humankind in its present form. Such overcoming does not have a specific goal. Rather, Z suggests that a continuous overcoming of the present is required in order to remain attuned to the nature of life itself and allow for human flourishing. In the “new peoples” Nietzsche anticipates, politics would take on a form that radically revalues many foundational assumptions of political philosophy. In offering a new understanding of “great politics,” this article therefore also suggests an answer to the question whether and in what sense Nietzsche is a political philosopher.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: great politics, Zarathustra, self-overcoming, political philosophy
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Philosophy and Art History, School of
Faculty of Humanities
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2020 11:23
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2022 07:27

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