Nietzsche’s Understanding of a Good Life. Seeking More Than Happiness

Author: Goldsmith, Marcella
Nietzsche’s Classification of Human Types as Key to his Evolutionary Theory sheds new light on Nietzsche’s theory of free will and the concept of freedom. The book is divided into two parts. The first part of the book examines Nietzsche’s categorization of human types, which Nietzsche labels as the bound spirit, the free spirit, and the Ubermensch. The second part of the book demonstrates how Nietzsche’s categorization of human types is connected to the concepts of freedom, will, and truth. Not only does Goldsmith show the contradictions within Nietzsche’s categorization of humans as they apply to his theory of the will to power, but she also points out that within Nietzsche’ nihilistic explanation of human existence there is a sense of freedom within the will to power that drives humans to their greatest achievements. The book is a major contribution to the thought of Friedrich Nietzsche, one of the world’s greatest philosophers, and it will appeal to scholars in the fields of continental philosophy, the history of philosophy, twentieth century philosophy, and the social sciences.


“… recommend the book to readers wanting to learn messages form Nietzsche without getting bogged down in the many contradictions one can see in his writings. Dr. Goldsmith is a good guide for this challenging and rewarding way of reading Nietzsche.” – Prof. Wilfried Ver Eecke, Georgetown University

Table of Contents

Part One

Chapter I: The Slave’s Happiness

1. The Bound Spirit

2. The Moral of the Story

3. The Nihilism of the Happy Slave

4. The Power of the Lack of Power

5. How The Slavish Types Remain What They Are

Chapter II: The Resources of the Free Spirit

1. The First Metamorphosis

2. “You the People”

3. The New God

4. The Good and Beyond

5. Evil and Beyond

Chapter III: Man and Beyond

1. Homo

2. After the Shock

3. Man as Myth

4. Vir

5. The Übermensch

Part Two

Chapter IV: Freedom

1. The Untruth of Freedom

2. Freedom As An Excess

3. No Reason to Rejoice

4. Unnecessary Freedom

5. A Negative Concept

Chapter V: The Will As Will to Power

1. The Will (To Power) as Occurrence

2. Order and Disorder

3. The Will (to Power): More than a Symptom

4. Universality and Uniqueness

5. Time Revisited: The Will and Truth