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This book is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the roots, current debates and future development of social theory. It draws together a team of outstanding international scholars, and presents an authoritative and panoramic critical survey of the field. The volume is divided into three parts. The first part examines the classical tradition. Included here are critical discussions of Comte, Spencer, Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel, Mead, Freud, Mannheim and classical feminist thought. This part conveys the classical tradition as a living resource in social theory, it demonstrates not only the critical significance of classical writings, but their continuing relevance. The second part moves on t
Chapter 14: Nietzsche: Social Theory in the Twilight of the Millennium
Nietzsche: Social Theory in the Twilight of the Millennium
Nietzsche revealed this primordial fact: once God had been killed by the bourgeoisie, the immediate result would be catastrophic confusion, emptiness, and even a sinister impoverishment.
(Georges Bataille, [1927–30] 1985: 38)
Prior to Nietzsche, all those who taught that man is a historical being presented … history as in one way or another progressive. After Nietzsche, a characteristic formula for describing our history is ‘the decline of the West’.
(Allan Bloom 1987: 196)
I beg pardon for seeing Nietzsche everywhere, and only him.
(Thomas Mann,  1983: 366)1
Theorizing with a Hammer
I know my own fate. One day my name will be associated with the memory of something tremendous—a crisis without equal on earth, ...