The Genesis of the ‘Übermensch’ is a very useful and inspiring history of modern German philosophy.
The book is as lucid as Alberto Jori, a well-known Italian philosopher, professor at the University of Tubingen (Germany), can make it. The object of the work is the development of German philosophy from the last decades of the eighteenth century, and in particular from Kant, to Nietzsche, that is to the end of the nineteenth century. Within just over a century, a prodigious and almost frenetic speculative process took place in Germany, the fulcrum of which was the attempt to build a new metaphysics, which could ensure, in its framework, the ontological foundation of man’s freedom.
From the Kantian noumenon to the various forms of German Idealism, to arrive — through Schopenhauer, Marx, and Kierkegaard — up to the Nietzschean Übermensch, all the thinkers who are examined in this book sought to guarantee the self-determination of man, and his superiority over nature, by resorting to new ontological-metaphysical categories.
According to the author, the balance of these daring speculative experiments is, on the whole, bankrupt. In other words, classical metaphysics — the one initiated by Plato and Aristotle — has not been superseded by these thinkers, but has instead shown its own validity and vitality through its ability to resist their criticisms and, at the same time, to renew itself.
The character of The Genesis of the ‘Ubermensch’ is therefore not only historical-philosophical, but also theoretical. At the same time, the author aims to transmit a clear and non-dispersive vision of the whole speculative itinerary examined.