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Nietzsche's Philosophical Context: An Intellectual Biography

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Friedrich Nietzsche was immensely influential and, counter to most expectations, also very well read. An essential new reference tool for those interested in his thinking, Nietzsche’s Philosophical Context identifies the chronology and huge range of philosophical books that engaged him. Rigorously examining the scope of this reading, Thomas H. Brobjer consulted over two thousand volumes in Nietzsche’s personal library, as well as his book bills, library records, journals, letters, and publications. This ...

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Overview

Friedrich Nietzsche was immensely influential and, counter to most expectations, also very well read. An essential new reference tool for those interested in his thinking, Nietzsche’s Philosophical Context identifies the chronology and huge range of philosophical books that engaged him. Rigorously examining the scope of this reading, Thomas H. Brobjer consulted over two thousand volumes in Nietzsche’s personal library, as well as his book bills, library records, journals, letters, and publications. This meticulous investigation also considers many of the annotations in his books. In arguing that Nietzsche’s reading often constituted the starting point for, or counterpoint to, much of his own thinking and writing, Brobjer’s study provides scholars with fresh insight into how Nietzsche worked and thought; to which questions and thinkers he responded; and by which of them he was influenced. The result is a new and much more contextual understanding of Nietzsche's life and thinking.

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"This tremendously useful resource will be consulted by every scholar concerned with Nietzche's philosophical context for years to come."--British Journal for the History of Philosophy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252032455
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Series: International Nietzsche Studies
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas H. Brobjer is an associate professor in the department of the history of science and ideas at Uppsala University, Sweden, and the author of Nietzsche’s Ethics of Character: A Study of Nietzsche’s Ethics and Its Place in the History of Moral Thinking.

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Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Notes on References     xi
Acknowledgments     xv
Introduction     1
Nietzsche As Reader     6
The Major Philosophical Influences on Nietzsche's Thinking     22
The Young Nietzsche: 1844-69     43
The Early Nietzsche: 1869-74     51
The Middle Nietzsche: 1875-82     61
The Late Nietzsche: 1883-89     90
Epilogue     105
Notes     111
Chronological Listing of Nietzsche's Philosophical Reading     185
Philosophical Titles in Nietzsche's Library: Unknown If and When Read     237
Alphabetical Listing of Nietzsche's Philosophical Reading     243
Index     259
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