Nietzsche, Carlyle, and Perfectionism

  title={Nietzsche, Carlyle, and Perfectionism},
  author={William Meakins},
  journal={The Journal of Nietzsche Studies},
  pages={258 - 278}
  • William Meakins
  • Published 26 November 2014
  • Art, Psychology, Philosophy
  • The Journal of Nietzsche Studies
Perfectionist readings of Nietzsche have paid much attention to the positive influence of Emerson. I suggest that exploring Nietzsche’s reception of Thomas Carlyle, a leading contemporary and friend of Emerson’s, provides us with additional interesting insights into Nietzsche’s thought. What is distinctive here is that Nietzsche strongly objects to the ethical picture that Carlyle propounds in the lecture series On Heroes, Hero-Worship and the Heroic in History. By looking at the grounds of… 
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