Nietzsche: Life as Literature / Edition 1

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Overview

Nietzsche is an author, a public figure, and all his writings are relevant to his interpretation. The importance we attach to any part of his work cannot depend on general principles about which is essentially primary and which necessarily follows.
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Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement

This is the best and most important book on Nietzsche in English. Alexander Nehamas argues at a level of sophistication and provides a density of content which are very rare in this field.
— Michael Tanner

New York Times Book Review

Philosophers and anyone interested in philosophy ought...to welcome Alexander Nehamas's elegant and challenging interpretation of this most 'writerly of philosophers'...This unusually engaging book demands our attention.
— Karsten Harries

London Review of Books

Anyone at all interested in Nietzsche will certainly want to read [this book]...Nehamas has applied his own theory of interpretation, and he has postulated an integrated, coherent 'Nietzsche' to whom no future reader of Nietzsche can remain indifferent.
— David Hoy

Village Voice Literary Supplement

Nehamas evolves a wonderfully subtle and ingenious interpretation...[He has] produced something weighty, complex, distinctive—in its way, a work of art.
— George Scialabba

Philadelphia Inquirer

Marvelous...Nehamas has written perhaps the best book yet on Nietzsche's philosophy.
— Robert C. Solomon

Poetics Today

This new study is fascinating for its portrayal of Nietzsche's thought as 'literary' in a twofold sense: first, Nehamas argues that Nietzsche viewed the world as if it were a literary text; second, he claims that Nietzsche's goal as an author was to create a specific literary character...The case is argued forcefully (and even with a touch of drama)...The writing is rich and allusive in a manner that is unusual in contemporary works of philosophy. It is a valuable contribution to our understanding of Nietzsche, one that adds substance to the often facile citing of Nietzsche in contemporary literary studies.
— Stephen N. Dunning

Times Literary Supplement - Michael Tanner
This is the best and most important book on Nietzsche in English. Alexander Nehamas argues at a level of sophistication and provides a density of content which are very rare in this field.
New York Times Book Review - Karsten Harries
Philosophers and anyone interested in philosophy ought...to welcome Alexander Nehamas's elegant and challenging interpretation of this most 'writerly of philosophers'...This unusually engaging book demands our attention.
London Review of Books - David Hoy
Anyone at all interested in Nietzsche will certainly want to read [this book]...Nehamas has applied his own theory of interpretation, and he has postulated an integrated, coherent 'Nietzsche' to whom no future reader of Nietzsche can remain indifferent.
Village Voice Literary Supplement - George Scialabba
Nehamas evolves a wonderfully subtle and ingenious interpretation...[He has] produced something weighty, complex, distinctive--in its way, a work of art.
Philadelphia Inquirer - Robert C. Solomon
Marvelous...Nehamas has written perhaps the best book yet on Nietzsche's philosophy.
Poetics Today - Stephen N. Dunning
This new study is fascinating for its portrayal of Nietzsche's thought as 'literary' in a twofold sense: first, Nehamas argues that Nietzsche viewed the world as if it were a literary text; second, he claims that Nietzsche's goal as an author was to create a specific literary character...The case is argued forcefully (and even with a touch of drama)...The writing is rich and allusive in a manner that is unusual in contemporary works of philosophy. It is a valuable contribution to our understanding of Nietzsche, one that adds substance to the often facile citing of Nietzsche in contemporary literary studies.
Library Journal
Deriving inspiration from both continental and American scholarship, Nehamas penetratingly discusses Nietzsche's style and his views on truth, knowledge, the will to power, morality, and the self. The unifying theme is provided by two central features of Nietzsche's work: his perspectivism (the view that there are only interpretations) and his ``aestheticism'' (the tendency to view the world as a literary text and people, including himself, as literary characters). It is the illuminating treatment of this latter theme that constitutes the book's chief novelty. But there are many other provocative interpretative claims: for instance, the denial that the notorious doctrine of the eternal recurrence is a cosmological thesis. This is a brilliant book; no one interested in Nietzsche will want to miss it. Richard Hogan, Philosophy Dept., Southeastern Massachusetts Univ., N. Dartmouth
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674624269
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 6/13/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 646,726
  • Product dimensions: 6.11 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexander Nehamas is Edmund N. Carpenter II Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Literature, Princeton University.
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Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I. The World

1. The Most Multifarious Art of Style

2. Untruth as a Condition of Life

3. A Thing Is the Sum of Its Effects

4. Nature against Something That Is Also Nature

Part II. The Self

5. This Life—Your Eternal Life

6. How One Becomes What One Is

7. Beyond Good and Evil

A Note on Texts and Translations

Notes

Index

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