Book Launch: Nietzsche’s Great Politics, Hugo Drochon (in conversation with David Runciman)

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March 16, 2017
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European History / Studies, German History / Studies, Political History / Studies

SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, University of Cambridge, Cambridge

Book launch for Hugo Drochon's 'Nietzsche's Great Politics'. The event will feature Hugo Drochon in conversation with David Runciman. For more details see:


Nietzsche's impact on the world of culture, philosophy, and the arts is uncontested, but his political thought remains mired in controversy. By placing Nietzsche back in his late-nineteenth-century German context, Nietzsche's Great Politics moves away from the disputes surrounding Nietzsche's appropriation by the Nazis and challenges the use of the philosopher in postmodern democratic thought. Rather than starting with contemporary democratic theory or continental philosophy, Hugo Drochon argues that Nietzsche's political ideas must first be understood in light of Bismarck's policies, in particular his "Great Politics," which transformed the international politics of the late nineteenth century.

Nietzsche's Great Politics shows how Nietzsche made Bismarck's notion his own, enabling him to offer a vision of a unified European political order that was to serve as a counterbalance to both Britain and Russia. This order was to be led by a "good European" cultural elite whose goal would be to encourage the rebirth of Greek high culture. In relocating Nietzsche's politics to their own time, the book offers not only a novel reading of the philosopher but also a more accurate picture of why his political thought remains so relevant today.

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This is part of a series of public talks from the Leverhulme-funded project Conspiracy and Democracy. More information at

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