Nietzsche as Phenomenologist

Christine Daigle

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Radically revises Nietzsche’s ethical and political views by controversially interpreting his philosophy as phenomenological

  • Closely analyses the often-disregarded middle period works by Nietzsche, including The Gay Science, Daybreak and Human, All Too Human
  • Includes a new interpretation of key concepts, such as will to power, to emphasise their phenomenological import
  • Engages with prominent commentators from the continental and analytic tradition including Ruth Abbey, Keith Ansell-Pearson, Rebecca Bamford, Christa Davis Acampora, and Robert C. Miner
  • Advances new perspectives on central and well-known passages from Nietzsche's corpus

Christine Daigle explores Nietzsche’s phenomenological method, a ‘wild phenomenology’, to elucidate his understanding of the human being as an intentional embodied consciousness, as a being-in-the-world and as a being-with-others. Establishing this phenomenological conception of the human allows Daigle to revisit the Nietzschean notions of free spirit and the Overhuman and how they express the ethical and cultural-political flourishing Nietzsche envisions for human beings.

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  1. Nietzsche’s ‘Wild’ Phenomenology
  2. Nietzsche’s Phenomenological Notion of the Self
  3. Multi-layered Embodied Consciousness
  4. Being-in-the-world – Being-with-others
  5. Fettered and Free Spirits
  6. Becoming Overhuman

Conclusion: From the Ethical to the Political


Nietzsche as Phenomenologist offers a provocative reading of Nietzsche as a phenomenologist avant la lettre. Daigle makes a compelling case for a Nietzschean ‘wild phenomenology’ that anticipates Husserl’s philosophical framework and methodology. Her systematic reading challenges us to investigate consciousness and embodied subjectivity, ethics, and politics in Nietzsche through the lens of classical phenomenological concepts such as intentionality, being-in-the-world, and being-with-other. A refreshing addition to Nietzsche scholarship!  

Vanessa Lemm, Deakin University
Christine Daigle is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Posthumanism Research Institute at Brock University, Canada. She is the author of Jean-Paul Sartre (Routledge, Critical Thinkers Series, 2009), co-editor of Nietzsche and Phenomenology: Power, Life, Subjectivity (Indiana University Press, 2013) and Beauvoir and Sartre: The Riddle of Influence (Indiana University Press, 2009). She is editor of Existentialist Thinkers and Ethics (McGill/Queen’s University Press, 2006) and author of Le Nihilisme est-il un humanisme? Étude sur Nietzsche et Sartre (Presses de l’Université Laval, 2005). She has also authored and co-authored many articles on Nietzsche, Sartre, Beauvoir, posthumanism and environmental (post)humanities.

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