Nietzsche’s Therapy Book Launch
CHED would like to congratulate Michael Ure, CHED postdoctoral research fellow, for the recent launch of his first book Nietzsche’s Therapy: Self-Cultivation in the Middle Works (Lexington Books: 2008).
In this critically acclaimed work Michael rereads Nietzsche’s unduly neglected “middle period” returning to us a “congenial” Nietzsche, a great psychologist of the pathologies of human vanity and wounded narcissism, and a philosopher of modesty and probity. Michael explores, that is, Nietzsche’s ethics of self-cultivation and demonstrates Nietzsche’s significant connections with the Stoics before him, and with Freud and Foucault after him. By framing Nietzsche as a subtle analyst of the soul’s pathos and pathologies the book illuminates the kinship between Nietzsche’s ethical perspective and the ancient and modern therapies of desire, and demonstrates that in the free-spirit trilogy, far from advocating an aesthetic or narcissistic conception of self-creation, Nietzsche proposes a form of self-cultivation that aims to understand and treat the pathologies of narcissism.
The was launched by Michael Janover from the School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University, at a well attended function during the recent Australian Political Science Association July 2008 Brisbane conference.
The CHED Team at the Launch
Michael Ure (L) with the Michael Janover (R)