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Nicholas D More
Westminster College, Salt Lake City
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    Nietzsche's Last Laugh: Ecce Homo as Satire.Nicholas D. More - 2014 - Cambridge University Press.
    Nietzsche's Ecce Homo was published posthumously in 1908, eight years after his death, and has been variously described ever since as useless, mad, or merely inscrutable. Against this backdrop, Nicholas D. More provides the first complete and compelling analysis of the work, and argues that this so-called autobiography is instead a satire. This form enables Nietzsche to belittle bad philosophy by comic means, attempt reconciliation with his painful past, review and unify his disparate works, insulate himself with humor from the (...)
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  2. Nietzsche's Last Laugh: Ecce Homo as Satire.Nicholas D. More - 2011 - Philosophy and Literature 35 (1):1-15.
    Against the many who claim that Nietzsche’s Ecce Homo is useless, madness, or merely inscrutable, my close analysis of the philosopher’s last original composition reveals that his so-called autobiography actually inhabits an ancient literary form: satire. After establishing how to read this much-maligned book, I argue that Ecce Homo gives us the best example of Nietzsche interpreting his own philosophy, and constitutes a rhetorical and therapeutic strategy for him to engage and survive his “dangerous truths” through humor. Finally, I outline (...)
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    Prologues and the Idols of Criticism: Borges on Ficciones.Nicholas D. More - 2017 - Philosophy and Literature 41 (1A):272-287.
    Scholars still struggle to characterize, evaluate, and understand the mesmerizing prose pieces of Ficciones that raised Jorge Luis Borges to the first ranks of literary fame. Speaking to Philosophy and Literature, Borges once described his work as "the fiction of philosophy," and the two prologues he wrote for Ficciones leave enticing clues about what this means in practice. I argue that these long-neglected prologues open critical space for Ficciones, slyly mocking three idols of literary cant: that genre informs a work, (...)
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  4. The Philosophy of Decadence.Nicholas D. More - 2019 - In Jane Desmarais & David Weir (ed.), Cambridge Critical Concepts: Decadence and Literature. Cambridge, UK: pp. 184-199.
    The chapter outlines Nietzsche's view of decadence, its history and effects. The philosopher held decadence to be any condition, deceptively thought good, which limits what something or someone can be. This concept informs his critical and affirmative projects, acting as a versatile tool to identify and overcome his own decadence and to resist the decadence of Western culture. Decadence appears in five major areas of concern to Nietzsche: physiology; psychology; art and artists; politics; and philosophy. Physical and mental phenomena provide (...)
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  5. Satire.Nicholas D. More - forthcoming - In Lydia Amir (ed.), The Philosophy of Humour Handbook. London, UK:
    The chapter considers philosophical views of satire, philosophy as an object of satiric scorn, kinship and tension between satire and philosophy as activities, and what philosophy's relationship to satire suggests about philosophy as a discipline.
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  6. Spiritualizing Violence: Sport, Philosophy and Culture in Nietzsche's View of the Ancient Greeks.Nicholas D. More - 2010 - International Journal of Sport and Society 1 (1):137-148.
    The article explores Nietzsche’s view that the Greek agonistic impulse in sport led to an ancient culture that prized the dialectics of philosophy and its humane offspring. The Greeks did not invent physical contests, but the Olympics are unique in the ancient world for bringing together once and future enemies under formal terms of contest. What did this signify? And what were its consequences? In Nietzsche’s view, the ancient Greek obsession with agon (contest) led to the greatest civilization of the (...)
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