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Martin Jenkins

Aristocratic Radicalism or Anarchy? An Examination of Nietzsche's Doctrine of Will to Power


Aristocratic Radicalism or Anarchy? by Martin Jenkins
A work examining the 19th century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche's theory of Will to Power. Far from necesarily heralding an elitist Aristocratic Radicalism, it also offers an alternative reading of a post-humanist, post-modern Anarchism of creativity.

Educated at what is now called the University of Bolton, the University of Liverpool and Manchester Metropolitan University, Martin Jenkins has been interested in Philosophy since he was 17. He prefers to work and create outside the 'nine to five' production line of sedentary, established university philosophy. His interests include European Philosophy, Political Philosophy and the Philosophy of Religion. 'Doubting in order to find truth is the highest act the human being can perform.'

Hubertus Fremerey writes:
'One has to see Nietzsche in the context of his time. It was a time of Darwinism and Spencerism and Marxism, and Nietzsche was aware of them all. And it was a time of growing Socialism and Liberalism and democracy. Nietzsche was befriended to his colleague Jacob Burckhardt in Basel. Burckhardt and Carlyle and many others were given to 'heroism' and full of anti-democratic sentiments. In this context Nietzsche, a professor of classical studies, deplored the loss of 'greatness' in the way as it was represented by Alexander, Caesar, Napoleon and the great artists of the Renaissance. He did not understand the true character of the new modern world, he was squarely placed the rift between two very different epochs, the ending epoch of Goethe and Hegel and the beginning epoch of Cezanne and Picasso and Jazz and Joyce. He felt that rift, but he did not understand it, and thus got confused in a similar way as Holderlin and Heidegger got confused. Because of this many of his remarks today sound quite absurd and totally unjustified. Nietzsche is much more a child of his time than the great oracle of modernity. He was a genius in sensitivity but not in analytical thinking. One should not fall to his brilliant formulations, which are quite often provably besides the point.'
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