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Nietzsche's tragic regime : culture, aesthetics, and political education
Heilke, Thomas W., 1960-
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Dekalb : Northern Illinois University Press, 1998.
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xv, 215 pages ; 24 cm
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An exploration of Nietzsche's political education as a means of understanding his wider political thought. With details of Nietzsche's own education, the work goes on to examine the course of political education that Nietzsche recommends as an antidote to the crisis in Western European culture.

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Thomas Heilke is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Kansas

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Among a plethora of books on Nietzsche, Heilke (Voegelin on the Idea of Race: An Analysis of Modern European Racism, CH, Nov'90) focuses in this intriguing one on the theme of political education in his early works. Heilke separates himself from and responds to the deconstructionist readings in William E. Connolly's Augustinian Imperative (CH, Oct'93) and Mark Warren's Nietzsche and Political Thought (CH, Nov'89). He draws on Nietzsche's psychology and philosophical anthropology to illuminate how political education addresses the question of the meaning of human existence in the twilight of European civilization after the "death of God." Developing his thesis in three parts, Heilke begins with The Birth of Tragedy and the model of life exhibited in Greek tragedy. Heilke then reads Nietzsche as turning this model into a transformatory philosophy of history: history transforms the past, philosophy transforms the present, and music transforms the future. The third part examines Nietzsche's reasons for revising his early ideas of political education in a practical question: "in the face of nihilism, what do we require to make human beings and a community of human beings possible at all?" This well-written book will be of interest to advanced undergraduates and above in political theory and philosophy. J. M. Rose; Goucher College

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Texts, Translations, and Abbreviationsp. xiii
Introductionp. 3
Part 1 The Problem of "Life"
1. Life and Pessimismp. 15
2. The Appearances of Lifep. 34
Part 2 The Horizons of A Tragic Education for Life
3. History as Transfiguration of Things Pastp. 55
4. Philosophy as Transfiguration of the Presentp. 82
5. Music as Transfiguration of the Futurep. 100
Part 3 Realizing the Tragic Regime
6. The Politics of the Geniusp. 125
7. The Metaphysics of the Geniusp. 140
8. Nietzsche beyond Tragedyp. 159
Notesp. 187
Selected Bibliographyp. 205
Indexp. 211