Nietzsche Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist
Edition: 4th 2014 (Revised)
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Description: This classic is the benchmark against which all modern books about Nietzsche are measured. When Walter Kaufmann wrote it in the immediate aftermath of World War II, most scholars outside Germany viewed Nietzsche as part madman, part proto-Nazi, and almost wholly unphilosophical. Kaufmann rehabilitated Nietzsche nearly single-handedly, presenting his works as one of the great achievements of Western philosophy.Responding to the powerful myths and countermyths that had sprung up around Nietzsche, Kaufmann offered a patient, evenhanded account of his life and works, and of the uses and abuses to which subsequent generations had put his ideas. Without ignoring or downplaying the ugliness of many of Nietzsche's proclamations, he set them in the context of his work as a whole and of the counterexamples yielded by a responsible reading of his books. More positively, he presented Nietzsche's ideas about power as one of the great accomplishments of modern philosophy, arguing that his conception of the "will to power" was not a crude apology for ruthless self-assertion but must be linked to Nietzsche's equally profound ideas about sublimation. He also presented Nietzsche as a pioneer of modern psychology and argued that a key to understanding his overall philosophy is to see it as a reaction against Christianity.Many scholars in the past half century have taken issue with some of Kaufmann's interpretations, but the book ranks as one of the most influential accounts ever written of any major Western thinker. Featuring a new foreword by Alexander Nehamas, this Princeton Classics edition of Nietzsche introduces a new generation of readers to one the most influential accounts ever written of any major Western thinker.
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Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 10/20/2013
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
|Preface to the Fourth Edition (1974)|
|Preface to the Third Edition (1968)|
|Preface to the Second Edition (1956)|
|Preface to the First Edition (1950)|
|A Note on the Citations|
|Prologue: The Nietzsche Legend|
|Nietzsche's Life as Background of His Thought|
|The Death of God and the Revaluation|
|The Development of Nietzsche's Thought|
|Art and History|
|Existent versus the State, Darwin, and Rousseau|
|The Discovery of the Will to Power|
|Nietzsche's philosophy of power|
|Morality and Sublimation|
|Sublimation, Geist, and Eros|
|Power versus Pleasure|
|The Master Race|
|Overman and Eternal Recurrence|
|Nietzsche's Repudiation of Christ|
|Nietzsche's Attitude toward Socrates|
|Epilogue: Nietzsche's Heritage|
|Appendix: Nietzsche's "Suppressed" Manuscripts|
|Four Letters: Commentary and Facsimile Pages|
|Bibliography and Key to Abbreviations|