- Editor’s Introduction
The papers published in this issue were presented at North American Nietzsche Society (NANS) sessions held in conjunction with the divisional meetings of the American Philosophical Association from the end of 2007 through 2009. I would like to thank Richard Schacht and the other members of the program committee for their continued service to Nietzsche studies, and I thank Cameron Smith for invaluable editorial assistance in the production of this issue. The first three papers published here were presented on December 29, 2007 at the Eastern Division Meeting in Baltimore, where NANS held an ‘Author Meets Critics’ session devoted to a discussion of Robert B. Pippin’s Nietzsche, moraliste français: La conception nietzschéenne d’une psychologie philosophique (Odile Jacob, 2006). Professor Pippin’s reading was originally developed for a lecture series at the Collège de France (Paris) in October and November of 2004. At our session in Baltimore, chaired by Nadeem Hussain, Christa Davis Acampora, R. Lanier Anderson, and James Conant delivered critical remarks, with a reply by Robert Pippin. We are pleased to be able to reprint here the remarks by Professors Acampora and Anderson, as well as Professor Pippin’s reply. These contributions are based on the revised and expanded version of Nietzsche, moraliste français, published in English as Nietzsche, Psychology, and First Philosophy (University of Chicago Press, 2010).
The next two papers, by Anthony K. Jensen and Henrik Rydenfelt, were blind-refereed by the NANS Program Committee and selected from among those submitted for its annual call for papers to be presented at the Central Division Meeting in Chicago (April 19, 2008). The session was chaired by James Conant, who also chaired the Eastern Division in Philadelphia later that year (December 29, 2008), with papers by Stephen Mulhall and Paul Franks (comments from Stanley Cavell are not included here). The following year, at the Central Division Meeting in Chicago (February 21, 2009), Richard Schacht and Maudemarie Clark presented papers for a session on ‘Nietzsche and Lamarckism’ chaired by Lanier Anderson, and at the Pacific Division Meeting in Vancouver (April 10, 2009), Mark Migotti and Paul Katsafanas presented papers on Nietzsche and psychology in a session chaired by Paul S. Loeb (comments from Scott Jenkins not included here). Finally, at the 2009 Eastern Division Meeting in New York (December 29), Patrick Forber, Catherine Wilson, and Dirk Johnson participated in a session on ‘Nietzsche and Darwin: Reflections on the Sesquicentenary of The Origin of Species’, with Christa Acampora as chair. [End Page 139]
One session in 2008 deserves special mention here, although its presentations are not published in this issue. On March 21, members of the Nietzsche community gathered at a memorial session of the North American Nietzsche Society, “Living with Robert C. Solomon.” Professor Solomon, who passed away on January 2, 2007, was a gifted teacher, a prolific writer and a passionate philosopher whose contributions to Nietzsche studies are inestimable in their scope and impact. In his book, Living with Nietzsche (Oxford, 2003), Professor Solomon recounted how his introduction to Nietzsche’s thought had dramatically changed the course of his own life, and he presented Nietzsche to us as a forerunner of existentialism—a philosopher who exhorts us to take responsibility for our lives, embrace and love our fates, and value what makes us human, all too human beings. Almost as much as Nietzsche himself, he resisted reductionism, pedantry, and passivity, and for his students, Professor Solomon brought Nietzsche’s ideas to life in his lectures and books. In a session organized and chaired by Lanier Anderson and Professor Solomon’s wife, Kathleen M. Higgins, who provided her generous comments and led an appropriately spirited discussion, personal remembrances and tributes were offered by Jessica N. Berry, Daniel Conway, Paul S. Loeb, Shari Starrett, and Tracy B. Strong. This issue of The Journal of Nietzsche Studies is dedicated to the memory of a cherished friend and colleague. [End Page 140]