by Robert Wicks


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Nietzsche by Robert Wicks

Often quoted, influential, and highly divisive, Nietzsche remains an enigma long after his death. This clear primer moves deftly through the controversy to examine the philosopher’s work in the context of his tumultuous childhood and Christian upbringing. Discussing his infamous declaration that “God is dead”, his posthumous association with Nazism, and his criticisms of conventional morality, this book is the ideal introduction to the much debated thinker and his extensive legacy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781851687572
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication date: 09/16/2010
Series: Beginners Guide (Oneworld) Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
The churchyard echoes of Rocken     1
From Jerusalem to Athens     1
Arthur Schopenhauer and the problem of evil     10
The worship of wildlife     23
The feral Dionysus and the beautiful Apollo     25
European culture in decline     28
Greek tragedy as a transcendence-festival     30
The rebirth of tragedy in Nietzsche's Germany     35
Truth, from the perspective of life     40
God's death     47
Spiritual crisis and the healthful Greeks long lost     47
Nihilism and the "death of God"     50
Nietzsche as physician for modern Europe     53
The diagnosis: theism is a spiritual debilitation     55
Breaking the news: communicating to a senseless patient     59
Nietzsche's rejuvenating injections     62
Dissolving the shadows of God     65
Truth as a paralyzing Medusa     65
The nature of life: beyond good and evil     69
The tougher facts of life: the will to power     71
The religion of life: the eternal recurrence     77
The ideal of life: being in superhuman health     81
Nietzsche's seduction of truth     91
Ravaging knowledge     91
Amending reality's split     96
The truth as a face in the clouds     100
Embracing life versus embracing existence     105
Life-affirmation and the world's imperfection     105
Existence-affirmation and the world's perfection     109
The aesthetic justifications of life and existence     116
The contemporary shadows of Nietzsche     125
Nietzsche and Nazism     125
Nietzsche and twentieth-century French philosophy     136
Conclusion: Nietzsche, the jester of metamorphosis     145
Glossary     151
Notes     155
Bibliography     177
Index     183

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