Nietzsche and Modern Times: A Study of Bacon, Descartes, and Nietzsche

Laurence Lampert


Nietzsche and Modern Times: A Study of Bacon, Descartes, and Nietzsche

Nietzsche and Modern Times: A Study of Bacon, Descartes, and Nietzsche

  • Title: Nietzsche and Modern Times: A Study of Bacon, Descartes, and Nietzsche
  • Author: Laurence Lampert
  • ISBN: 9780300065107
  • Page: 250
  • Format: Paperback



This major work by Laurence Lampert provides a new interpretation of modern philosophy by developing Nietzsche s view that genuine philosophers set out to determine the direction of culture through their ideas and that they conceal the radical nature of their thought by their esoteric style From this Nietzschean perspective, Francis Bacon and Ren Descartes can be consideThis major work by Laurence Lampert provides a new interpretation of modern philosophy by developing Nietzsche s view that genuine philosophers set out to determine the direction of culture through their ideas and that they conceal the radical nature of their thought by their esoteric style From this Nietzschean perspective, Francis Bacon and Ren Descartes can be considered the founders of modernity.Lampert argues that Bacon s positive claims for science aimed to destroy the dominance of Christianity Descartes continued Bacon s radical program while providing it with the mathematical physics required for its success Far from being solely an epistemological and metaphysical thinker, says Lampert, Descartes was a master writer whose comic ridicule helped bring down the Church to which he paid lip service Both Bacon and Descartes used the Platonic art of dissimulation to achieve their ends by making their revolutionary aims appear compatible with Christianity.Once we recognize Bacon and Descartes as legislators of modern times in a specifically Nietzschean sense, we can also see Nietzsche in a new way as the first thinker to have understood modern times and transcended it in a postmodern worldview According to Lampert, Nietzsche provides a new foundation for culture, a joyous science that reveals the grandeur and purposeless play of the cosmic whole and yet avoids enervating despair or destructive, dogmatic belief.


Recent Comments "Nietzsche and Modern Times: A Study of Bacon, Descartes, and Nietzsche"

Maybe this is just jealousy of his skill in close reading speaking, but I have a very strong feeling that Lampert might be over-reading: Descartes and Nietzsche may very well be not that self-aware of what they have written. Otherwise Nietzsche would have not gone crazy: that level of lucidity that Lampert assumed (which is the basis of all of his close-reading) would be sufficient for him to maintain a balanced psychological structure. This is the beauty: they might not mean it when they are at [...]

Comment:Excellent. Lamperts first book. It treats Bacon and Descartes as Esoteric writers whose interventions led to the necessity of Nietzsche's intervention. Unfortunately, this work has been almost entirely overlooked by students of early modern philosophy.

More Descartes. This is a library book. I've coveted it for awhile. No expenditures, here.


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