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Jeffrey Church
University of Houston
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    Nietzsche's Culture of Humanity: Beyond Aristocracy and Democracy in the Early Period.Jeffrey Church - 2015 - Cambridge University Press.
    Nietzsche scholars have long been divided over whether Nietzsche is an aristocratic or a democratic thinker. Nietzche's Culture of Humanity overcomes this debate by proving both sides wrong. Jeffrey Church argues that in his early period writings, Nietzsche envisioned a cultural meritocracy that drew on the classical German tradition of Kant and Herder. The young Nietzsche's 'culture of humanity' synthesized the high and low, the genius and the people, the nation and humanity. Nietzsche's early ideal of culture can shed light (...)
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    Nietzsche's Early Perfectionism: A Cultural Reading of “The Greek State”.Jeffrey Church - 2015 - Journal of Nietzsche Studies 46 (2):248-260.
    ABSTRACT Nietzsche's early essay “The Greek State” has been understood as unambiguous evidence of Nietzsche's “aristocratic radicalism,” that he rejected liberal democracy and advocated slavery, war, and the sacrifice of the many for the few. This article challenges the scholarly consensus. I argue that “The Greek State” critiques liberal culture, not its institutions, and it proposes modern functional alternatives to ancient practices of slavery and war. The broader aim of my article is to move beyond the debate between “aristocratic” and (...)
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    The Veil of Philanthropy: Kant on the Political Benefits of Dissimulation and Simulation.Jeffrey Church - 2018 - European Journal of Political Theory 20 (1):27-44.
    Kant has traditionally been read as an excessively moralistic critic of lying in his ethics and politics. In response, recent scholars have noted that for Kant we have an ethical duty not to be com...
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    Dreaming of the True Erotic: Nietzsche's Socrates and the Reform of Modern Educatio.Jeffrey Church - 2006 - History of Political Thought 27 (4):685-710.
    Education reform requires in Nietzsche's view a trenchant criticism of contemporary educational institutions. The criticism of the institutions and the suggested path for change demand a comprehensive historical study of the foundations of these educational institutions, a study that points out their failures and the available avenues for change. The historical study leads Nietzsche back to Socrates, who is not only the root of contemporary problems, but also a ripe source for new possibilities for education and culture. Socrates' multifarious character (...)
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    Liberalism, Diversity and Domination: Kant, Mill and the Government of Difference by Inder S. Marwah.Jeffrey Church - 2021 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 59 (4):692-694.
    Contemporary liberal theory has kept up a long love affair with Kant. John Rawls and Jürgen Habermas, to name just two of the most prominent neo-Kantian liberals, draw extensively from Kant's moral philosophy. There are indeed powerful resources for liberalism in Kant's thinking—from his view of human dignity to his constructivist method in ethics to his rationalist cosmopolitanism. Kant has also been lauded for his critique of European colonialism and his general objection to a world state. By contrast, John Stuart (...)
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  6. Friedrich Schiller on Republican Virtue and the Tragic Exemplar.Jeffrey Church - 2014 - European Journal of Political Theory 13 (1):95-118.
    Scholars have recently argued that Friedrich Schiller makes a signal contribution to republican political theory in his view of “aesthetic education,” which offers a means of elevating self-interest to virtue. However, though this education is lauded in theory, it has been denigrated as implausible, irresponsible, or dangerous in practice. This paper argues that the criticisms rest on a faulty assumption that artistic objects constitute the sole substance of this “aesthetic education.” Through a reading of Schiller’s work throughout the 1790s, I (...)
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    The Aesthetic Justification of Existence: Nietzsche on the Beauty of Exemplary Lives.Jeffrey Church - 2015 - Journal of Nietzsche Studies 46 (3):289-307.
    ABSTRACT A disagreement about the nature of Nietzsche's “aesthetic justification of existence” has recently emerged in the literature. In this essay, I argue that the disagreement stems from a common but mistaken assumption that Nietzsche focuses on works of art to justify life. Instead, in the Untimely Meditations, Nietzsche shifts to the beauty of exemplary individuals to justify life. Through an examination of the Kantian practical arguments in the Untimely Meditations, I show how the scholarly debate can be overcome and (...)
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    An Interpretation of Nietzsche's On the Uses and Disadvantage of History for Life by Anthony K. Jensen.Jeffrey Church - 2019 - Journal of Nietzsche Studies 50 (2):332-335.
    The second of Nietzsche's UM, "On the Uses and Disadvantage of History for Life", is one of his most celebrated and influential works, profoundly shaping the work of Continental theorists such as Martin Heidegger, Michel Foucault, and Paul de Man. For all the immense attention paid to this little text, philosophers and scholars have focused mainly on Nietzsche's reflections on culture, overlooking the text's epistemological concerns. Jensen's commentary rectifies this omission and succeeds admirably not only in analyzing the often cryptic (...)
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    Swanton, Christine. The Virtue Ethics of Hume and Nietzsche. Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell. 2015.Jeffrey Church - 2018 - Journal of Value Inquiry 52 (1):145-148.
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    Culture Beyond Identity: J. G. Herder on the Purpose and Justification of Culture.Jeffrey Church - 2015 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 41 (8):791-809.
    Liberal approaches to multiculturalism and cultural nationalism have met with severe criticism in recent years. This article makes the case for an alternative, Aristotelian approach developed in the work of the ‘founding father’ of culture, J. G. Herder. According to Herder, culture is worthy of political recognition because it contributes to the realization of our common but contradictory human telos. Only a plurality of cultures, each realizing a unique balance of our contradictory needs, can bring wholeness to our common nature. (...)
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  11. Infinite Autonomy: The Divided Individual in the Political Thought of G. W. F. Hegel and Friedrich Nietzsche.Jeffrey Church (ed.) - 2011 - Pennsylvania State University Press.
    G. W. F. Hegel and Friedrich Nietzsche are often considered the philosophical antipodes of the nineteenth century. In _Infinite Autonomy_, Jeffrey Church draws on the thinking of both Hegel and Nietzsche to assess the modern Western defense of individuality—to consider whether we were right to reject the ancient model of community above the individual. The theoretical and practical implications of this project are important, because the proper defense of the individual allows for the survival of modern liberal institutions in the (...)
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  12. Kant’s Cosmopolitan Theory of Law and Peace [Königliche Völker. Zu Kants Kosmopolitischer Rechts- Und Friedenstheorie]. [REVIEW]Jeffrey Church - 2007 - Interpretation 35 (1):59-65.
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    Nietzsche's Unfashionable Observations: A Critial Introduction and Guide.Jeffrey Church - 2019 - Edinburgh University Press.
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    Nietzsche, Nihilism, and the Philosophy of the Future Ed. By Jeffrey Metzger (Review).Jeffrey Church - 2013 - Journal of Nietzsche Studies 44 (3):495-497.
    In his introduction, Jeffrey Metzger states that “at some point in the past 20 or 30 years … Nietzsche’s name [became] no longer associated primarily with nihilism” (1). Metzger is pointing to the increasing contemporary scholarly interest in Nietzsche’s epistemology, naturalism, and metaethics. The worthy aim of this volume is to ask us to examine once again the underlying philosophical problem to which these views are a response, namely, nihilism. This volume helpfully reminds us that Nietzsche’s philosophical motivation still requires (...)
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    Liberalism and Meaningfulness in Advance.Jeffrey Church - forthcoming - Social Theory and Practice.
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    Selfish and Moral Politics: David Hume on Stability and Cohesion in the Modern State.Jeffrey Church - manuscript
    In Hume's dialogue with the Hobbesian-Mandevillian "selfish system" of morals, Hume seems to reject its conclusions in morals, but accept them in politics. No skeptic of moral claims like Mandeville, Hume sought to ground objective moral standards in his moral sentiment philosophy, yet, like Mandeville, Hume argued that in political life human beings act based largely on self-interest and a limited generosity. I argue that Hume, however, is ultimately ambivalent about the selfish system's conclusions in politics. He puts forth both (...)
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    Historical and Critical Commentaries on Nietzsche.Jeffrey Church - 2018 - Nietzsche Studien 47 (1):458-464.
    This essay reviews two installments in the Heidelberg Academyʼs Historical and Critical Commentary series on the works of Friedrich Nietzsche. While Sarah Scheibenberger’s volume focuses on Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense, highlighting the sources and influence of Nietzsche’s text, Jochen Schmidt and Sebastian Kaufmann provide a detailed and extremely useful contextualization of Daybreak and of Nietzsche’s poetry.
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    Liberalism and Meaningfulness.Jeffrey Church - 2019 - Social Theory and Practice 45 (2):205-224.
    The contemporary debate between perfectionists and anti-perfectionists is at an impasse. This paper does not take sides in this long-standing debate, but finds common ground between both groups in the notion of “meaningfulness,” as developed recently by philosopher Susan Wolf and psychologist Roy Baumeister. This notion is distinct from the good life in that meaningfulness describes formal qualities of a good life, but not its basis and substance. Accordingly, I argue, we can expect far less fundamental disagreement about meaningfulness than (...)
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    Rousseau, the Value of Existence, and the Sacredness of Citizenship.Jeffrey Church - 2021 - Constellations 28 (3):403-416.
    Constellations, Volume 28, Issue 3, Page 403-416, September 2021.
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    Nietzsche's Early Ethical Idealism.Jeffrey Church - 2016 - Journal of Nietzsche Studies 47 (1):81-100.
    There is an emerging consensus in recent literature that Nietzsche adheres to some form of “naturalism,” that his closest philosophical kin are Hume and Darwin rather than Derrida.1 Despite this consensus, however, scholars disagree as to the relationship between Nietzsche’s naturalism and his ethics.2 The most prominent interpretation is that Nietzsche is an ethical naturalist in the Aristotelian tradition. According to this interpretation, the good life for an individual is derived from natural “type-facts” about him.3 Each individual possesses certain natural (...)
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    Review of Dean Moyar, Michael Quante (Eds.), Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit: A Critical Guide[REVIEW]Jeffrey Church - 2008 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2008 (11).
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    Robert R. Williams. Tragedy, Recognition, and the Death of God: Studies in Hegel & Nietzsche. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. ISBN: 978-0-19-965605-9, Hbk, $99.00. Pp. 424. [REVIEW]Jeffrey Church - 2015 - Hegel Bulletin 36 (1):105-110.
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    Two Concepts of Culture in the Early Nietzsche.Jeffrey Church - 2011 - European Journal of Political Theory 10 (3):327-349.
    Culture remains a divisive issue in liberal democracies, and this article argues Nietzsche offers a principled middle ground between the conservative and progressive camps of recent and ongoing ‘culture wars’. Hence, this article challenges the ‘aristocratic’ versus ‘democratic’ Nietzsche debate by making the case that Nietzsche defended two opposed notions of culture in his early period work: a national or group culture and a cosmopolitan culture. This opposition is salutary, however, in that each form of culture moderates the excesses of (...)
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