Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra

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Thus Spoke Zarathustra is considered one of Nietzsche’s most important works, but for many readers it is often impenetrable. This guide provides readers with the tools they need to understand this key philosophical work. Douglas Burnham and Martin Jesinghausen offer a close reading, suggest alternative readings, break down difficult language, and show how the book fits within Nietzsche's larger philosophical project. No other guide deals as successfully with Zarathustra’s stylistic and conceptual challenges.

Indiana University Press

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"For undergraduates and non-university readers, this book is perfectly pitched." —Claire Colebrook, University of Edinburgh
Claire Colebrook

"For undergraduates and non-university readers, this book is perfectly pitched." —Claire Colebrook, University of Edinburgh

Graham Parkes

"Clear and straightforward." —Graham Parkes, University of Hawai'i

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253355751
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 8/9/2010
  • Series: Indiana Philosophical Guides Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Burnham is Professor of Philosophy at Staffordshire University.

Martin Jesinghausen teaches in the Department of English at Staffordshire University.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface ix

Acknowledgements x

1 Introduction and Historical Context 1

The Future and the Re-Imagined Past 3

Zarathustra as Nietzsche's Future 3

Zarathustra, the Future and the Philosophy of History 6

The Text of Zarathustra as Vision of Future Writing 8

Zarathustra and the Shape of Things to Come 11

About This Book 14

2 A Guide to the Text 15

Prologue 15

Section 1 15

Section 2 17

Section 3 19

Section 4 21

Section 5 23

Section 6-7 24

Section 8 25

Section 9 26

Section 10 27

Part I 28

Section 1 'On the Three Transformations', and a Note on Spirit 28

Section 2 'On the Professorial Chairs of Virtue', and a Note on Nietzsche and Satire 32

Section 3 'On Believers in a World Behind' 34

Section 4 'On the Despisers of the Body', and a Note on Will to Power 35

Section 5 'On Enjoying and Suffering the Passions' 39

Section 6 'On the Pale Criminal' 41

Section 7 'On Reading and Writing' 44

Section 8 'On the Tree on the Mountainside' 46

Section 9 'On the Preachers of Death' 48

Section 10 'On War and Warrior-Peoples' 48

Section 11 'On the New Idol' 50

Section 12 'On the Flies in the Market-Place' 51

Section 13 'On Chastity' 52

Section 14 'On the Friend' 53

Section 15 'On the Thousand Goals and One', and a Note on Nietzsche and Evolution 55

Section 16 'On the Love of One's Neighbour' 59

Section 17 'On the Way of the Creator' 61

Section 18 'On Old and Young Little Women' 63

Section 19 'On the Bite of the Adder' 67

Section 20 'On Children and Marriage' 67

Section 21 'On Free Death' 68

Section 22 'On the Bestowing Virtue' 69

Part II 75

Section 1 'The Child With the Mirror' 75

Section 2 'Upon the Isles of the Blest' 76

Section 3 'On Those Who Pity' 81

Section 4 'On the Priests' 81

Section 5 'On the Virtuous' 83

Section 6 'On the Rabble', and a Note on Nietzsche and Social Taxonomy 85

Section 7 'On the Tarantulas' 87

Section 8 'On the Famous Wise Men' 88

Section 9 'The Night-Song' 91

Section 10 'The Dance-Song' 92

Section 11 'The Grave-Song' 95

Section 12 'On Self-Overcoming' 96

Section 13 'On Those Who are Sublime' 99

Section 14 'On the Land of Culture', and a Note on Bildung 101

Section 15 'On Immaculate Perception' 104

Section 16 'On the Scholars' 105

Section 17 'On the Poets', and a Note on Nietzsche, Music and Language 107

Section 18 'On Great Events' 115

Section 19 'The Soothsayer' 116

Section 20 'On Redemption' 118

Section 21 'On Human Cleverness' 121

Section 22 'The Stillest Hour' 122

Part III 123

Section 1 'The Wanderer', and a Note on Contingency 123

Section 2 'On the Vision and Riddle', and a Note on Eternal Recurrence 125

Section 3 'On Blissfulness Against One's Will' 132

Section 4 'Before the Sunrise', and a Note on Epiphany 133

Section 5 'On the Virtue that Makes Smaller' 138

Section 6 'Upon the Mount of Olives' 140

Section 7 'On Passing By', and a Note on the Comprehensive Soul 141

Section 8 'On Apostates' 145

Section 9 'The Return Home' 146

Section 10 'On the Three Evils', and a Note on Perspectivism 148

Section 11 'On the Spirit of Heaviness', and a Note on Reactive Will to Power 153

Section 12 'On Old and New Tablets' 156

Section 13 'The Convalescent' 160

Section 14 'On the Great Yearning' 162

Section 15 'The Other Dance-Song' 164

Section 16 'The Seven Seals' 166

Part IV 168

Section 1 'The Honey Sacrifice' 171

Section 2 'The Cry of Need' 172

Section 3 'Conversation with the Kings' 173

Section 4 'The Leech' 174

Section 5 'The Sorcerer' 175

Section 6 'Retired from Service' 175

Section 7 'The Ugliest Man' 176

Section 8 'The Voluntary Beggar' 177

Section 9 'The Shadow' 178

Section 10 'At Midday' 179

Section 11 'The Welcome' 182

Section 12 'The Last Supper' 183

Section 13 'On the Superior Human' 184

Section 14 'The Song of Melancholy' 186

Section 15 'On Science' 189

Section 16 'Among the Daughters of the Desert' 190

Section 17-18 'The Awakening' and 'The Ass Festival' 192

Section 19 'The Drunken Song' 194

Section 20 'The Sign' 198

3 Study Aids 199

Types of Question You Will Encounter 199

Tips for Writing about Nietzsche 200

Notes 202

Bibliography and Guide to Further Reading 210

Index 223

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