Goethe, Nietzsche, Varoufakis: why did the Greeks matter — and still do?

Bishop, P. (2020) Goethe, Nietzsche, Varoufakis: why did the Greeks matter — and still do? In: Brusotti, M., McNeal, M., Schubert, C. and Siemens, H. (eds.) European/Supra-European: Cultural Encounters in Nietzsche’s Philosophy. De Gruyter: Berlin ; Boston, pp. 19-48. ISBN 9783110605044 (doi: 10.1515/9783110606478-002)

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The formative influence of the Greeks on Nietzsche’s understanding of history and vision for Europe prompts Paul Bishop to examine Europe’s contemporary decadence, itself rooted in trends Nietzsche identified in late nineteenth century Europe. Specifically, Bishop considers the significance of Nietzsche’s thought to economics, and applies it to an analysis of the European debt crisis, the economic collapse of Greece in the last decade and the predations of capitalism. He reflects upon the emphasis German officials placed on the debt and guilt of Greeks in negotiating with Greek officials and their insistence upon punishing austerity measures over arguably more rational alternatives.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bishop, Professor Paul
Authors: Bishop, P.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Modern Languages and Cultures > German
Publisher:De Gruyter
Published Online:06 July 2020

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