Nietzsche Studien 39 (1):434-454 (2010)
AbstractWhile much has been made of the similarities between the work of Nietzsche and Freud, insufficient attention has been paid to their differences. Even where they have been noted, the degree of these differences, which sometimes approaches direct opposition, has often been underestimated. In the following essay, I will suggest that on the topic of conscience Nietzsche and Freud have radically opposed views, with profoundly different moral consequences. Despite superficial similarities, Nietzsche’s conception of conscience is opposed to that of Freud in almost every conceivable way. For Freud, conscience is primarily associated with bad will, repression, subordination to social prohibition, and the feeling of guilt. For Nietzsche, conscience is primarily related to affirmation, memory, individual sovereignty, and the feelings of pride and power. To be sure, Freudian “bad conscience” has its parallel in Nietzsche’s philosophy—but only as a modality of conscience, not as its foundation. Freudian conscience is, on the contrary, an essentially bad conscience.
Similar books and articles
Coward Conscience and Bad Conscience in Shakespeare and Nietzsche.Sandra Bonetto - 2006 - Philosophy and Literature 30 (2):512-527.
Guilt, Bad Conscience, and Self-Punishment in Nietzsche's Genealogy.Christopher Janaway - 2007 - In Brian Leiter & Neil Sinhababu (eds.), Nietzsche and Morality. Oxford University Press. pp. 138--54.
Freud or Nietzsche: The Drives, Pleasure, and Social Happiness.Donovan Miyasaki - 2004 - Dissertation, University of Toronto
Beyond Selflessness: Reading Nietzsche’s Genealogy.Christopher Janaway - 2005 - Oxford University Press.
Arendt and Nietzsche on Responsibility and Futurity.Rosalyn Diprose - 2008 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 34 (6):617-642.
The Relation Between Sovereignty and Guilt in Nietzsche's Genealogy.Gabriel Zamosc - 2012 - European Journal of Philosophy 20 (S1):E107-e142.
Added to PP
Historical graph of downloads