By Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen
"If you have been trying to find a thinker prone to entice americans, Friedrich Nietzsche will be faraway from your first selection. finally, in his blazing profession, Nietzsche took objective at approximately all of the foundations of contemporary American lifestyles: Christian morality, the Enlightenment religion in cause, and the belief of human equality. regardless of that, for greater than a century Nietzsche has been a highly popular--and surprisingly influential--figure in American inspiration and tradition. In American Nietzsche, Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen delves deeply into Nietzsche's philosophy, and America's reception of it, to inform the tale of his curious charm. starting her account with Ralph Waldo Emerson, whom the seventeen-year-old Nietzsche learn fervently, she exhibits how Nietzsche's rules first burst on American seashores on the flip of the 20 th century, and the way they persisted alternately to invigorate and to surprise americans for the century to return. She additionally delineates the wider highbrow and cultural contexts in which a wide range of commentators--academic and armchair philosophers, theologians and atheists, romantic poets and hard-nosed empiricists, and political ideologues and apostates from the Left and the Right--drew perception and idea from Nietzsche's claims for the demise of God, his problem to common fact, and his insistence at the interpretive nature of all human idea and ideology. while, she explores how his snapshot as an iconoclastic immoralist used to be positioned to paintings in American pop culture, making Nietzsche an not likely posthumous superstar able to inspiring either young ones and students alike. A penetrating exam of a robust yet little-explored undercurrent of twentieth-century American notion and tradition, American Nietzsche dramatically recasts our figuring out of yankee highbrow life--and places Nietzsche squarely at its heart"--Provided through publisher. Read more...
Read or Download American Nietzsche : a history of an icon and his ideas PDF
Similar history & surveys books
Nietzsche famously attacked conventional morality, and propounded a arguable ethics of "life-enhancement". Simon might provides a appreciably new view of Nietzsche's idea, that's proven to be either progressive and conservative, and to have a lot to supply us this day after the loss of life of previous values and the "death of God".
Even supposing Adam Smith is frequently considered this day as an economist, he was once in truth (as his nice contemporaries Hume, Burke, Kant, and Hegel well-known) an unique and insightful philosopher whose paintings covers an important territory together with ethical philosophy, political financial system, rhetorical idea, aesthetics, and jurisprudence.
This e-book bargains a brand new interpretation of Fichte's Jena process, focusing particularly at the challenge of the objectivity of recognition. The Jena method, the writer argues, got down to strengthen an account of the constitutive buildings of subjectivity in advantage of which unsleeping states have target content material.
Neo-Confucianism used to be the key philosophical culture in China for many of the earlier millennium. This significant other is the 1st quantity to supply a complete advent, in obtainable English, to the Neo-Confucian philosophical considered consultant chinese language thinkers from the 11th to the eighteenth centuries.
- Laughing at nothing : humor as a response to nihilism
- James Frederick Ferrier: Selected WRitings
- Michel Foucault (Theoretical traditions in the social sciences)
- Starting With Foucault: An Introduction to Geneaology
- The Innovations of Idealism
- Does anything really matter?: essays on Parfit on objectivity
Extra info for American Nietzsche : a history of an icon and his ideas
The sheer international scope of Nietzsche's influence in the twentieth century invites such questions, however, for his philosophy had a deep impact not only in Germany and America but throughout the European continent, including France, Austria, Spain, and Italy as well as Russia, Britain, and Scandinavia. 11 The American Nietzsche reception set against the broader historiography of his international reception demonstrates how many dominant features of the American uses of Nietzsche an philosophy-in par- INTRODUCTION ticular, interest in his rejection of Christian altruism and asceticism, bourgeois liberalism, the ethics of economic collectivism, democratic, socialist, and feminist egalitarianism-were common features of transnational Nietzsche interpretations.
In a letter to his publisher asking for his assistance in facilitating Knortz's propaganda, he speculated about the value of securing a readership across the Atlantic. "72 Though Nietzsche liked the image of himself as an intellectual nomad, and though he long ago decided that the thinker without foundations must go not only without compass or guide, but also without a final destination, his desire for freedom never fully subdued his longing for an intellectual home. He knew from his own experiences that a feeling of refuge-while fleeting-is necessary even for the free spirit.
Who had studied under William James, Josiah Royce, and George Santayana, 19 later recalled his days as a postdoctoral student at the University of Berlin: "It was quite the usual thing to observe the German student enter the class room with a small volume under his arm, which he would open whenever the lecture failed to interest him. In every case, it was a volume of Nietzsche. "20 Because few academic philosophers had taken Nietzsche into serious consideration, young Americans like Bakewell and Urban who learned about him while studying abroad in the closing years of the nineteenth century did so either by hearing German friends toss his name around in a smoke-filled Kaffeehaus, stumbling across one of his books in a secondhand bookshop, 34 THE MAKING OF THE AMERICAN NIETZSCHE or seeing a well-worn copy of his Zarathustra peeking out of the pockets of their classmates' leather Schultaschen.