Nietzsche's Argument for the Philosophical Life: An Interpretation of Beyond Good and Evil

William Peter Wood
The dissertation presents a novel interpretation of Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil as an argument for the philosophical life, centered on a close reading of the first 29 aphorisms as an interconnected sequence. I argue that Nietzsche’s aim is to recover the ancient idea of philosophy as a way of life, while grounding his conception of first philosophy as psychology, which he calls “the queen of the sciences.” This psychology is a reflexive inquiry into...
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