Nietzsche

Nietzsche

by Gianni Vattimo
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804737991

ISBN-13: 9780804737999

Pub. Date: 04/28/2002

Publisher: Stanford University Press

This book is both a concise and lucid introduction to Nietzsche and an original contribution to critical debates concerning Nietzsche interpretation and reception. This overview takes issue with the prevailing tendency to focus on Nietzsche's later work, which reaches its extreme with Heidegger's almost exclusive focus on the group of late notes posthumously

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This book is both a concise and lucid introduction to Nietzsche and an original contribution to critical debates concerning Nietzsche interpretation and reception. This overview takes issue with the prevailing tendency to focus on Nietzsche's later work, which reaches its extreme with Heidegger's almost exclusive focus on the group of late notes posthumously collected as The Will to Power. Vattimo aims to mediate between two prominent hermeneutic readings of Nietzsche: Wilhelm Dilthey's view that Nietzsche's work fits into the nineteenth-century tradition of the philosophy of life and Heidegger's belief that Nietzsche is best understood as the author of a pair of ontological doctrines, the will to power and the eternal return of the same.

Vattimo aims to show that Nietzsche's early interest in cultural and historical criticism can be found throughout his corpus and that it informs, and helps to explain, Nietzsche's later doctrines and writings. This allows us to understand these later doctrines in a deeper way, to see their connections with his wider concerns, and thus to make greater sense of Nietzsche's philosophy as a whole.

This working hypothesis guides Vattimo through his elegant exposition of the basic views of the early and late Nietzsche, from the philological beginnings and the musings on Dionysus through the so-called positivist phase of the middle period up to the philosophy of Zarathustra and the fragmented insights that bespeak the will to power. Throughout, Vattimo's intellectual agenda is to present the philosophical relevance of a cultural criticism that does not let itself be reduced to a merely literary presentation of the psychology of decadence and nihilism, or to the grand ontological-metaphysical finale that Heidegger had in mind in his monumental Nietzsche studies.

As an appendix, Vattimo provides a history of Nietzsche reception in Europe that counters the narrow Anglo-American bias of much English-language Nietzsche scholarship.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804737999
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Series:
Cultural Memory in the Present Series
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,284,870
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Publisher's Note
Abbreviations
IFrom Philology to Philosophy1
1How Nietzsche is to be Read1
2From Philology to Philosophy as Cultural Criticism7
IIThe Deconstruction of Metaphysics43
1Art and Science in Human, All Too Human43
2The Self-Sublimation of Morality59
3Philosophy of the Morning78
IIIThe Philosophy of Zarathustra87
1Morning and Noontide87
2Nihilism, Eternal Recurrence, Decision102
3Redemption from Time116
4The Will to Power and the Fate of the Subject120
5The Will to Power as Art134
IVChronology of Nietzsche's Life and Works148
VHistory of Nietzsche Reception167
Notes205
Bibliography222
Index259

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