Nietzsche and Montaigne: cheerful naturalism

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dc.contributor.advisor Parkes, Graham en
dc.contributor.author O'Sullivan, Timothy
dc.date.accessioned 2015-11-19T09:38:43Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.date.submitted 2015
dc.identifier.citation O'Sullivan, T. 2015. Nietzsche and Montaigne: cheerful naturalism. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.endpage 207
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/2074
dc.description.abstract The influence of the Essays of Michel de Montaigne on the thought of Friedrich Nietzsche has, hitherto, received scant scholarly attention. The aim of this thesis is to address this lacuna in the literature by making evident the importance of the Essays to the development of Nietzsche’s philosophy. I argue that, in order to fully appreciate Nietzsche’s thought, it must be recognized that, from the beginning to the end of his philosophical life, Montaigne was for him a thinker of the deepest personal and philosophical significance. Against the received scholarly opinion, which would see Montaigne as influential only for Nietzsche’s middle works, I contend that the Essays continue to be a key inspiration for Nietzsche even into his late and final works. Montaigne, with his cheerful affirmation of life, his experimental mode of philosophizing, and his resolutely naturalized perspective, was an exemplar for Nietzsche as a philosopher, psychologist, sceptic and naturalist. The Essays not only stimulated Nietzsche’s thinking on questions to do with morality, epistemology and the nature of the soul but also informed his conception of the ideal philosophical life. Moreover, to explore the Essays from a Nietzschean viewpoint, allows the drawing out of the more radical aspects of Montaigne’s thought, while to probe Montaigne’s impact on Nietzsche, provides insight into the trajectory of Nietzsche’s philosophy as he broke free from romantic pessimism and embraced the naturalism that would guide his works from Human, All Too Human onward. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2015, Timothy O'Sullivan. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject Nietzsche en
dc.subject Montaigne en
dc.title Nietzsche and Montaigne: cheerful naturalism en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD (Arts) en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.contributor.funder Irish Research Council en
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Philosophy en
dc.check.reason This thesis is due for publication or the author is actively seeking to publish this material en
dc.check.opt-out Not applicable en
dc.thesis.opt-out false
dc.check.embargoformat E-thesis on CORA only en
ucc.workflow.supervisor g.parkes@ucc.ie
dc.internal.conferring Summer Conferring 2015


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