Nietzsche's Tragic Realism

@article{Kirkland2010NietzschesTR,
  title={Nietzsche's Tragic Realism},
  author={Paul E. Kirkland},
  journal={The Review of Politics},
  year={2010},
  volume={72},
  pages={55 - 78}
}
Abstract Whether in the service of aristocratic radicalism or radical democracy, Nietzsche's political thought has most often been associated with transformation rather than limitations. This paper argues that Nietzsche offers a realism that presents politics as driven by grand aspirations and bound by tragic limitations. Nietzsche draws on Thucydides as a source for a realism that is neither reductionist nor transformative, but rather looks to the grandest of human aspirations and the limits… Expand
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