Free The Spirit! Kantian, Jungian and neoplatonic resonances in Nietzsche

Bishop, P. (2015) Free The Spirit! Kantian, Jungian and neoplatonic resonances in Nietzsche. In: Bamford, R. (ed.) Nietzsche's Free Spirit Philosophy. Rowman & Littlefield, pp. 207-232. ISBN 9781783482177

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Abstract

Paul Bishop's chapter draws upon the work of Kant and of Jung in order to critically respond to the issue of what Nietzsche is trying to express with his concept of the 'free spirit'. Bishop contends that the concept of 'der Freigeist' or #der freie Geist' can be translated as 'free mind'. He proposes that Nietzsche's free mind may be read in the light of Kant, as a variation on Kant's concept of free beauty and hence as fundamentally an aesthetic concept, and that it may also be read in the wake of Jung along Idealist or perhaps even Neoplatonic lines. For Bishop, these interpretative possibilities open up fresh questions for Nietzsche scholarship, including whether Nietzsche's thinking on Plato was ultimately mistaken, whether it is possible to be a Nietzschean and an Idealist, and whether the free spirit may actually be seeking to become free from Nietzsche himself.

Item Type:Book Sections
Keywords:Nietzsche; free spirit; Kant; Jung; Neoplatonism;
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bishop, Professor Paul
Authors: Bishop, P.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
College/School:College of Arts
Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN:9781783482177

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