Nietzsche and the Problem of God

Dissertation, Depaul University (1986)
  Copy   BIBTEX


Nietzsche is usually presumed to be an atheist because of his proclaimation that God is dead. This dissertation argues, however, that the death of God is not atheistic but theistic, for Nietzsche's concept of Dionysus, Will to Power itself, entails an implicit commitment to theism. ;Chapter One indicates the enigmatic and nuanced quality of Nietzsche's style. Nietzsche wears masks. In order to decipher these masks with respect to the problem of God, six criteria of the traditional theistic understanding of God are established. These six criteria are: Dionysus is eternal. He is the creative source of the world and man. The world and man exemplify the presence of Dionysus and yet they are not exhaustive of Him. Therefore Dionysus, as more than the world, can be spoken of as "other" than man and the world. This "otherness" entails a relationship between Dionysus and man/world. This relationship is not determinative of Dionysus. Man and world are an experiment on Dionysus' behalf; one that may "terminate," although Dionysus himself will not. ;Chapter Two sets out to formulate and expound upon the first four criteria of theism. This sets down the basic ontology. ;Chapter Three sets forth the problem of nihilism. Nihilism is the result of the death of God. ;Chapter Four discusses the relation of nihilism to morality. For Nietzsche, the moralization of life, and in particular the moralization of God, has led to God's death. Thus this chapter indicates the fifth criterion of theism, i.e., man's relation to God. ;Chapter Five sets out to decode hermeneutically the various masks that Nietzsche wears in reference to the problem of atheism. This chapter demonstrates how Nietzsche's own overt atheistic statements are proclaimations of iconotrophy, not godlessness. ;Chapter Six explicates Nietzsche's positive philosophy of God. This philosophy of God is formulated in terms of The Text of the Divine, God as Non-evaluatable, God and Eschatology, God and the Problem of Causality. Accordingly, this chapter deliniates the sixth criterion of theism, i.e., God's relationship to man



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,873

External links

  • This entry has no external links. Add one.
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Nietzsche as Philosopher of Religion.Joseph Closter Thompson - 2002 - Dissertation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
`Le Feminin' and Nihilism: Reading Irigaray with Nietzsche and Heidegger.Ellen Mortensen - 1989 - Dissertation, The University of Wisconsin - Madison
Friedrich Nietzsche’s Musical Aesthetics.Sophie Bourgault - 2013 - Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy/Revue canadienne de philosophie continentale 17 (1):171-193.
Nietzsche and Modern Subjectivity.Nikola Ristic - 2004 - Dissertation, University of South Carolina
Nietzsche: disciple of Dionysus.Rose Pfeffer - 1972 - Lewisburg [Pa.]: Bucknell University Press.
Nietzsche and Heidegger: The Truth of Nihilism.Joseph Pasqual Vincenzo - 1984 - Dissertation, The Pennsylvania State University
Nietzsche, Nihilism, and Christian Theodicy.James Michael Ford - 2000 - Dissertation, Princeton University
Nietzsche's Aesthetic Turn.James Jackson Winchester - 1991 - Dissertation, Emory University


Added to PP


6 months

Historical graph of downloads

Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references