Publication Date

April 2011

Advisor(s)

Joseph Rouse

Major

Philosophy

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

Abstract In this thesis, I seek to answer questions that are fundamental for a comprehensive understanding of Nietzsche’s philosophy. Nietzsche’s approach to philosophy is unique, and his corpus of writings presents a challenge for those seeking a unified conception of his thought. His texts are an amalgamation of varying styles and themes, and at times more closely resemble works of art or fiction than philosophical texts. The lack of any immediately accessible internal order within his thought makes it difficult to understand his intended meaning, thus many of his ideas can initially seem at odds with each other. I start this thesis by presenting an apparent conflict between elements of Nietzsche’s philosophy, namely his ideas on creating a self and his fatalist ideas. To answer this question, I propose an interpretation of Nietzsche’s project that sheds light on another important issue, namely the significance of Nietzsche’s philosophy for the reader. The issues addressed in

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