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Nietzsche's Moral Psychology

  • Publication planned for: October 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107074156


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  • Nietzsche, a trained philologist, frequently urges his readers to interpret him carefully. In this book, Mark Alfano combines detailed close reading with digital methods (corpus analysis and semantic network visualization) to reframe our understanding of this major figure. He argues that virtue is a neglected concept in Nietzsche's writings, and sets out a fresh interpretation of Nietzschean virtues as well-calibrated drives. As different people embody different constellations of drives, so virtues differ from person to person. For Nietzsche himself, Alfano argues, five virtues are essential: curiosity, courage, a sense of humor, and pathos of distance (that is, contemptuousness) toward one's self and toward one's society. This innovative and original book will be invaluable for historians of philosophy, contemporary researchers in moral psychology and virtue theory, and philosophers interested in the fast-growing methodologies of the digital humanities.

    • Uses a combination of close reading and digital analysis to provide an innovative interpretation of Nietzsche
    • Explores the concept of personal virtues in relation to philosophy and psychology
    • Takes into account the whole of Nietzsche's writings
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: October 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107074156
    • length: 314 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 23 b/w illus. 21 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Précis
    2. Methodology: introducing digital humanities to the history of philosophy
    Part II. Nietzsche's Socio-moral Framework:
    3. From instincts and drives to types
    4. From types to virtues
    5. Socializing Nietzschean virtues
    Part III. Nietzschean Virtues:
    6. Curiosity
    7. Courage
    8. Pathos of distance
    9. Sense of humor
    10. Solitude
    Part IV. Conclusion:
    11. Conscience and integrity
    12. Prospectus

  • Author

    Mark Alfano, Delft University of Technology
    Mark Alfano is Associate Professor of Ethics and Philosophy of Technology at Delft University of Technology. He is the author of Character as Moral Fiction (Cambridge, 2013) and Moral Psychology: An Introduction (2016).

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