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Overview

The ideas and writing of the controversial German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche have provided ground for contentious debate over numerous aspects of philosophy and cultural theory that remain relevant even a century after Nietzsche's own death. However, a more sympathetic and nuanced consideration of Nietzsche's writings is gaining in popularity, making an introduction to the ideas of Friedrich Nietzsche more needed and valuable now than ever before. The "Historical Dictionary of Nietzscheanism" provides this introduction not only by including important dictionary-style entries about his major ideas, lucidly and quickly explaining their important aspects, but also the details of his life, career, and his social and cultural relations. This context assists in understanding the origin, and eventual evolution, of his philosophical ideas. The reader will find discussions of earlier thinkers who influenced Nietzsche, contemporaries who agreed and disagreed with him, and those who perpetuated or distorted his thoughts after his death at the turn of the century. The work also includes a general introduction, a brief glossary of helpful terms, and a curriculum vitae and bibliography for Nietzsche, designed to help readers expand the horizon of their knowledge on this influential thinker.

Author Biography: Carol Diethe (Ph.D., London University) is Professor of European Cultural History at Middlesex University. Her academic career has been spent considering the History of Ideas, and she has written two scholarly works on Nietzsche and is a founding member of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society in the United Kingdom.

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Editorial Reviews

Religious Studies Review
A short but comprehensive dictionary that anyone interested in Nietzsche will find helpful.
New Nietzsche Studies
Of great use.
Choice
A wonderful book.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
...this particular work will benefit anyone, especially the novice, who desires to understand and appreciate his philosophy.
Booknews
Provides an introduction to the ideas of Friedrich Nietzsche, offering entries explaining his major works and ideas and detailing his life, career, and his social and cultural relations. Entries also discuss earlier thinkers who influenced him, contemporaries who agreed and disagreed with him, and those who perpetuated or distorted his thoughts after his death. Includes a general introduction, a glossary, and a curriculum vitae. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
CHOICE
This substantially enriched third edition of a bounteous resource in Anglophone Nietzsche scholarship begins with a brief chronology of the colossally influential, late 19th-century German philosopher's life and works. Diethe covers Nietzsche's student days in the 1860s to his irreversible mental collapse in the late 1880s. A densely informative 59-page introduction spans his life, published works, and brief histories of the reception and influence of his thought among philosophers and cultural figures in Germany, France, Great Britain, the US, Italy, Spain and the Hispanic world, Russia, Japan, and China. Sixteen pages of images include Nietzsche from his youthful student days to adulthood, as well as family, scholarly friends, and acquaintances. Usefully teeming with cross-references, the 400-plus encyclopedic entries cover, in addition to familiar Nietzschean themes and concepts, a remarkably diverse array of figures and movements that, either as predecessors or contemporaries, influenced Nietzsche's thought, or have subsequently borne his influence. The volume concludes with a thematically organized, 40-page bibliography of Nietzsche's works, translations thereof, and scholarship organized by interpretive approaches, a focus on individual works, and by reception throughout the world. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers.
American Reference Books Annual
Diethe’s expanded 3d edition of her Historical Dictionary of Nietzscheanism fulfills its goals admirably. A lengthy introductory essay details the reception of Nietzsche’s works and its effects on scholarship throughout Europe and in Japan, China, Russia, and the United States. The bulk of the volume is composed of short entries on Nietzsche’s works and ideas, and on the persons, concepts, and phrases significant to his life. The book includes several photographs of Nietzsche and people and places related to him. Most historical dictionaries on philosophical topics or thinkers should not include photographs or extensive biographical information; in the case of Nietzsche, such materials and information is crucial. Nietzsche’s writings are both deeply personal and cryptic. This work seeks to illuminate not by ignoring the difficulties of Nietzsche scholarship, but by making information available to scholars and novices alike. Indeed, this volume would be an excellent introduction to Nietzscheanism, and it should help answer questions posed by those more familiar with his work. This volume will be useful to students and researchers needing information on Nietzsch’e’s life, works, and teachings.
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Meet the Author

Carol Diethe was originally a philologist at Middlesex University but for most of her career she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the History of Ideas. Her overall remit was with the European Cultural History division of which she was Head. She was the first Secretary of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society and she had written and translated several books on Nitezsche.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Editor's Foreword Part 2 Acronyms and Abbreviations Part 3 Chronology Part 4 Introduction Part 5 THE DICTIONARY Part 6 Glossary Part 7 Bibliography Part 8 About the Author

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