Nietzsche's Sociology

by Patrik Aspers
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Title:
Nietzsche's Sociology
Author:
Patrik Aspers
Year: 
2007
Publication: 
Sociological Forum
Volume: 
22
Issue: 
4
Start Page: 
474
End Page: 
499
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English
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The aim of this article is to present that part of Friedrich Nietzsche's work that is of special interest to sociologists. To do this, I discuss the relationship between Nietzsche's work and the sociology both of today and of his own time. The most important idea is that he saw reality as a social construction. The idea of social construction is related to the beliefs and values, power and interests of the actors. Nietzsche's discussions of power and of the indi vidual vs. the collective are also analyzed.

KEYWORDS: Nietzsche; power; social construction; sociology; theory; values.

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