Nietzsche and the Antichrist: Religion, Politics and Culture in Late Modernity
Edited by Daniel Conway
Bloomsbury, 2019, 259 pp., hbk £95, pbk £29.99
The Antichrist is not a favourite for scholarly consideration. Nietzsche’s earlier, larger, more discursive books have offered more scope for tracing influences, antecedents, themes and developments, and so for deconstructing the two alternative popular views of him as a nihilistic wrecker of the pretensions of religion and rationalism alike, or as, baldly, the progenitor of Nazism. The Antichrist, created as the fiery heart of the author’s project to change the whole world through the ‘revaluation of all values’, is the polemic of polemics – he described it as ‘a curse’ - , the last text of Nietzsche’s large corpus before uncertain illness rendered him unable to write anything.