The Will to Nothingness: An Essay on Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morality

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Bernard Reginster, The Will to Nothingness: An Essay on Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morality, Oxford University Press, 2021, 202pp., $70.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198868903.

Reviewed by Mark Migotti, University of Calgary

Philosophy, William James said, “works in the minutest crannies and opens out the widest vistas.” And the point applies especially to the history of philosophy, where we have (and need) a bird’s eye view of entire oeuvres, but also close studies of more modest scope and ambition—if only to keep the high-fliers honest. In the book under review, Bernard Reginster aims at something of a sweet spot: a bird’s eye view of a single text. He is concerned to extract from the pages of what he regards as Nietzsche’s “most cohesive and self-contained book” (1) a focussed critique of morality, the nub of which is this: morality lets ressentiment look good; and it’s a fatal attraction.

Reginster’s thesis is bold, and…

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