The Romance of Individualism in Emerson and Nietzsche (Series in Continental Thought)

The Romance of Individualism in Emerson and Nietzsche (Series in Continental Thought)

by David Mikics
     
 

ISBN-10: 0821414968

ISBN-13: 9780821414965

Pub. Date: 05/28/2003

Publisher: Ohio University Press

The great American thinker Ralph Waldo Emerson and the influential German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, though writing in different eras and ultimately developing significantly different philosophies, both praised the individual's wish to be transformed, to be fully created for the first time. Emerson and Nietzsche challenge us to undertake the task of identity

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The great American thinker Ralph Waldo Emerson and the influential German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, though writing in different eras and ultimately developing significantly different philosophies, both praised the individual's wish to be transformed, to be fully created for the first time. Emerson and Nietzsche challenge us to undertake the task of identity on our own, in order to see (in Nietzsche's phrase) “how one becomes what one is.”

David Mikics's The Romance of Individualism in Emerson and Nietzsche examines the argument, as well as the affinity, between these two philosophers. Nietzsche was an enthusiastic reader of Emerson and inherited from him an interest in provocation as a means of instruction, an understanding of the permanent importance of moods and transitory moments in our lives, and a sense of the revolutionary character of impulse. Both were deliberately outrageous thinkers, striving to shake us out of our complacency.

Rather than choosing between Emerson and Nietzsche, Professor Mikics attends to Nietzsche's struggle with Emerson's example and influence. Elegant in its delivery, The Romance of Individualism in Emerson and Nietzsche offers a significant commentary on the visions of several contemporary theorists whose interests intersect with those of Emerson and Nietzsche, especially Stanley Cavell, Jacques Lacan, Slavoj Zizek, and Harold Bloom.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780821414965
Publisher:
Ohio University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2003
Series:
Series in Continental Thought
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
263
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Key to Abbreviated References
Introduction1
Ch. 1Emerson's Individualism32
Ch. 2The Birth of Tragedy58
Ch. 3The Untimely Meditatians91
Ch. 4Daybreak and The Gay Science145
Ch. 5Emerson's "Fate," the Genealogy of Morals, Ecce Homo186
Conclusion226
Notes231
Works Cited251
Index259

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