In Marc Benjamin Sable & Angel Jaramillo Torres (eds.), Trump and Political Philosophy: Patriotism, Cosmopolitanism and Civic Virtue. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 257-280 (2018)

Authors
Aaron Harper
West Liberty State College
Abstract
We use Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morality as a touchstone for comprehending Trump’s appeal and victory. Following Nietzsche’s concerns, the most noteworthy puzzle is that of Trump’s peculiar popularity, especially given his impolitic statements and policy proposals that often appear in tension with the interests of his voter base. While Nietzsche’s discussions of power and resentment would seem obvious starting points to examine the success of Trump and Trumpism, we contend that these provide largely superficial and, at best, incomplete explanations. Instead, informed by Nietzsche’s moral psychology, we analyze Trump’s strategy in the context of the instinctual need for self-preservation. Trump’s amplification of this need through his rhetoric and cultivation of negative emotions, including resentment, has led to a revaluation that diminishes humanity. We conclude by drawing out the implications of Nietzsche’s view, revealing a forceful Nietzschean critique of Trump’s methods and values.
Keywords Nietzsche, resentment, Trump, genealogy
Categories (categorize this paper)
Buy the book Find it on Amazon.com
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-74427-8_14
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 69,959
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Trump, Propaganda, and the Politics of Ressentiment.Cory Wimberly - 2018 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 32 (1):179.
Trump, Populism, Fascism, and the Road Ahead. [REVIEW]Harry van der Linden - 2017 - Radical Philosophy Review 20 (2):355-365.
Of Genealogy and Transcendent Critique.Allison Merrick - 2016 - Journal of Nietzsche Studies 47 (2):228-237.
The Development of Nietzsche's Critique of Morality.Iain Patrick Daniel Morrison - 2001 - Dissertation, The University of Texas at Austin
Nietzsche as Anti-Semitic Jewish Conspiracy Theorist.Robert Nola - 2003 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 3 (1):35-62.
The Concept of Justice in Nietzsche's Philosophy.Harold Weiss - 1992 - Dissertation, Temple University

Analytics

Added to PP index
2018-07-03

Total views
40 ( #283,300 of 2,504,809 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #277,627 of 2,504,809 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes