Reading the New Nietzsche: The Birth of Tragedy, The Gay Science, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, and On the Genealogy of Morals

Reading the New Nietzsche: The Birth of Tragedy, The Gay Science, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, and On the Genealogy of Morals

by David B. Allison
     
 
In this long-awaited volume, David B. Allison argues for a 'generous' approach to Nietzsche's writings, and then provides comprehensive analyses of Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy, The Gay Science, On the Genealogy of Morals, and Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Unique among other books on Nietzsche, Allison's text includes individual chapters devoted to Nietzsche's principal

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In this long-awaited volume, David B. Allison argues for a 'generous' approach to Nietzsche's writings, and then provides comprehensive analyses of Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy, The Gay Science, On the Genealogy of Morals, and Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Unique among other books on Nietzsche, Allison's text includes individual chapters devoted to Nietzsche's principal works. Historically-oriented and continentally-informed, Allison's readings draw on French and German thinkers, such as Heidegger, Battaille, Derrida, Birault, and Deleuze, while the author explicitly resists the use of jargon that frequently characterizes those approaches. Reading the New Nietzsche is an outstanding resource for those reading Nietzsche for the first time as well as for those who wish to know him better.

Editorial Reviews

Al Lingis
David Allison enriches the reading of these key Nietzschean texts with helpful information and leads the reader to the philosophical issues at stake. His exposition is informed by the most sophisticated contemporary debates. First time as well as long time readers of Nietzsche will find they are discovering a Nietzsche writing for today.
Mark Kingwell
It is the peculiar (and maybe cruel) fate of Friedrich Nietzsche to have, a hundred years post facto, an audience that is wide yet uncomprehending. David Allison's achievement in this lucid, graceful work is to restore both the difficulty and the warmth of Nietzsche's message: focusing on four key works, he extends the range of Nietzsche interpretation precisely by virtue of sanity, balance and, above all, humaneness. A new Nietzsche? More like the one who was there all along, waiting for the right reader.
Gary Shapiro
David Allison, as much as anyone else, has helped to make the 'new Nietzsche' speak English; now he offers provocative and scintillating readings of four of the most significant and challenging texts of a thinker who is always renewing himself. Allison's mastery of the classical and humanistic background of Nietzsche's writing is impressive; his careful *and* daring interpretations respond imaginatively to the philosopher's invitation that reading be an adventure—like a dance and a song in the mountains. Amazingly, this is a book that will delight and instruct both the beginner and the scholar.
Review of Metaphysics
First time readers of Nietzsche will find these text-based readings valuable guides to the intricacies of Nietzsche's writing. Readers already familiar with Nietzsche's works will find the readings cogent and thoughtful. However, for novice and experienced readers alike, what is most valuable in Allison's text is the background information from the history of ideas and from Nietzsche's life the he brings to bear on his readings.
Heythrop Journal
This is an excellent book. It finds a space for its arguments in the already-crowded literature, benefits from a simplicity of writing about complicated matters, and provides the scholarly references in detailed notes.
Arthur C. Danto
Had Nietzsche been aware that so many competing schools of interpretation would claim him for their own, he would doubtless have been flattered, after the almost complete neglect his writings had during his own lifetime. David Allison's book is the only one, however, he would have endorsed, as having gotten his philosophy down exactly as he would have wished, but hardly dared expect. The book is a masterpiece of exposition and analysis, presenting the work and the life through a brilliant reading of four of Nietzsche's great books. Nietzsche's enthusiasts can clear their shelves of the bickering secondary literature. This is the book to keep.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442204065
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/22/2000
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
334
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

David B. Allison is professor of philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is the editor of the groundbreaking anthology The New Nietzsche.

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