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his lifetime were doubled.”1 The speech “On Self- Overcoming” is the most explicitly philosophic speech hitherto. Nietzsche contends that the will to truth is a form of the will to power, and that the will to power is the fundamental character of all living beings, nay, of all beings. Here the difficulty arises: Is the doc- trine of the will to power itself an expression of the self- consciousness of 7 Will to Power and Self- Overcoming Zarathustra, Part 2, 15– 20 104 Will to PoWer aNd Self- overcoMiNG the will to power? In other words, has the will to power

17 c h a p t e r o n e Book I: Slavery and the Will to Power My exploration of the Politics begins by focusing on its most notori-ous feature, the endorsement of slavery. This might be thought a minor feature of the Politics, important only because it highlights the dis- tance between Aristotle’s moral world and ours. His discussion of slavery occupies only three chapters in Book I and part of another in Book VII. But the issues slavery raises cut deep into Aristotle’s way of thinking and help us understand what he means by saying that people are political

C h a p t e r 3 Spinoza’s Will to Power: How Does the Conatus Become a Desire to Increase Power? t h e C o n a t u S : f r o m m a t h e m a t i C a L t o d y n a m i C a L C o n S i S t e n C y It’s not in anyone’s power to always use reason and be at the highest peak of human freedom—but . . . nevertheless everyone always strives, so far as he can, to preserve his being. (Political Treatise, C 2:510–11, G 3:279) People are very lucky, even though we live in a world without chance. Ethics 3 starts off with an essence that is nothing but the

Time, Modernity, Death
Protagoras' Challenge to Socrates
Becoming Nietzsche

of the superman presupposes the death of God, that is to say, the rejection of everything unchangeable, unmoved, imperishable. The place of being is taken by becoming, the place of eternity is taken by time. But what is the essential character of becoming, in Nietzsche’s view? Nietzsche says “will to power.” This doctrine of the will to power is arrived at by starting from human phenomena, and least of all from political phe- nomena. What Nietzsche has in mind is akin to what is called by Dewey and others growth.3 That is a somewhat difficult expression. In


: Zarathustra, Part 2, 1– 12 77 7 Will to Power and Self- Overcoming: Zarathustra, Part 2, 15– 20 103 8 Summary and Review: Fusing Plato and the Creative Self 126 9 Greek Philosophy and the Bible; Nature and History: Zarathustra, Part 2, 20– 22 142 10 Eternal Recurrence: Zarathustra, Part 2, 21; Part 3, 1– 13 152 11 Survey: Nietzsche and Political Philosophy 172 12 The Goodness of the Whole, Socratic and Heideggerian Critiques: Zarathustra, Part 3, 4– 12 185 13 Creative Contemplation: Zarathustra, Part 3, 13 205 14 Restoring the Sacred and the Final Question