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Nietzsche's Philosophy of Religion


Young, JP, Nietzsche's Philosophy of Religion, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 230. ISBN 9780521681049 (2006) [Authored Research Book]

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DOI: doi:10.2277/0521681049


In his first book, The Birth of Tragedy, Nietzsche observes that Greek tragedy gathered people together as a community in the sight of their gods, and argues that modernity can be rescued from 'nihilism' only through the revival of such a festival. This is commonly thought to be a view which did not survive the termination of Nietzsche's early Wagnerianism, but Julian Young argues, on the basis of an examination of all of Nietzsche's published works, that his religious communitarianism in fact persists through all his writings. What follows, it is argued, is that the mature Nietzsche is neither an 'atheist', an 'individualist', nor an 'immoralist': he is a German philosopher belonging to a German tradition of conservative communitarianism - though to claim him as a proto-Nazi is radically mistaken. This important reassessment will be of interest to all Nietzsche scholars and to a wide range of readers in German philosophy.

Item Details

Item Type:Authored Research Book
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Metaphysics
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Young, JP (Dr Julian Young)
ID Code:57137
Year Published:2006
Deposited By:Philosophy
Deposited On:2009-06-18
Last Modified:2012-04-02

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