Journal of Nietzsche Studies 53 (1):90-96 (2022)

Lawrence Hatab
Old Dominion University
Kaitlyn Creasy has written a very fine book, in which she sets out an important question—how affect and nihilism correlate in Nietzsche’s philosophy—and provides a multifaceted and well-organized answer that pays due attention to the complexities in Nietzsche’s texts as well as to current scholarship relevant to the matters at hand. The term “affective nihilism” is not deployed by Nietzsche per se, but it turns out to be a very useful concept for focusing and coordinating central aspects of Nietzsche’s thought. In the Nachlass, Nietzsche defines nihilism as “the radical repudiation of value, meaning, and desirability” in human existence, where “the highest values...
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