Vom Krieg zur Liebe. Nietzsches Philosophieren über Männlichkeiten im Lichte von Gegenwartsdebatten

Translated title of the contribution: From war to love. Nietzsche's philosophy of masculinities in the light of current debates

Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir*

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Abstract

Recent discussions have connected Nietzsche's philosophy of masculinity to the return of authoritarian politics. Neoconservative debates about masculinity, and right-wing extremism, explicitly refer back to Nietzsche's philosophy and often present democratization, a feminization of society, and political correctness as responsible for a weakening of masculinity. One example for this reception of Nietzsche's writings is Jordan Peterson's psychological diagnosis of a presumed crisis of masculinity. This article undertakes a comparison of Nietzsche's philosophy of masculinities with Peterson's neo-Jungian psychology of masculinity in the context of recent conceptualizations of patriarchy, misogyny, and gendered forms of ressentiment. This comparison will highlight that Nietzsche's conception of masculinity is more complex, and has philosophically more to offer, than neoconservative ideas about masculinity that onesidedly foreground male strength. Finally it will be pointed out how a Jungian analysis discloses aspects of the Dionysian that are of relevance to contemporary gender studies of Nietzsche's philosophy.

Translated title of the contributionFrom war to love. Nietzsche's philosophy of masculinities in the light of current debates
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)52-70
Number of pages19
JournalNietzsche-Studien
Volume49
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2020

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Other keywords

  • Ariadne
  • C. G. Jung
  • Dionysos
  • Jordan Peterson
  • Masculinity
  • Misogyny
  • Warrior

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