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Nietzsche Readerby Keith Ansell Pearson
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Nietzsche’s impact on modern thought cannot be overstated. Generations have been influenced by this controversial and exciting thinker whose work nourishes academic fields as diverse as philosophy, literary studies, and political theory. This collection brings together in one volume substantial selections from Nietzsche’s complete oeuvre, including some never before published in book form in English. It also contains impressive pedagogical features, including editorial sections on Nietzsche’s life and importance, an introduction to his philosophical ideas, introductions to each major section of writings, and a comprehensive guide to further reading.
Not only does the Reader generously excerpt all of Nietzsche’s major texts, it also showcases selections from his lesser-known writings, including his early critique “On Schopenhauer,” Philosophy in the Tragic Age of the Greeks, and the seminal essay “On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense.” In addition, there are new translations of key pieces from Nietzsche’s unpublished notebooks of the 1880s, including the first sketch of the doctrine of eternal recurrence, and the “Lenzer Heide” text on European nihilism.
Book News Annotation:
German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) has been claimed by several schools of thought, but the selections of his work that Pearson (philosophy, U. of Warwick) and Large (German U. of Wales-Swansea) have assembled are intended to present him as an original and singular philosopher rather than follower, founder, or precursor with this or that agenda. The first two sections, from 1862 to 1874 are full essays. The Middle Period, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, and his later writings are represented mostly by excerpts from long works. The final section contains four letters he wrote in 1888-89. Introductions to the sections and explanatory footnotes are provided. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Nietzsche Reader brings together in one volume substantial selections from the entire body of Nietzsche’s writings, together with illuminating commentary on Nietzsche’s life and importance, and introductions to his major works and philosophical ideas.
• Includes selections from all the major texts, including The Birth of Tragedy, The Gay Science, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Beyond Good and Evil, The Anti-Christ, and Ecce Homo
• Offers new translations of key pieces from Nietzsche’s unpublished “Lenzer Heide” notebook
• Provides a wealth of pedagogical features, such as editorial sections on Nietzsche’s life and importance, an opening introduction to his philosophical ideas, introductions to each major section, and a comprehensive guide to further reading
The Nietzsche Reader brings together in one volume substantial selections from the entire body of Nietzsche's writings, together with illuminating commentary on Nietzsche's life and importance, and introductions to his major works and philosophical ideas.
About the Author
Keith Ansell Pearson holds a Personal Chair in Philosophy at the University of Warwick. He co-founded the Friedrich Nietzsche Society and is renowned for his work on Nietzsche, Bergson, and Deleuze. He recently edited A Companion to Nietzsche (Blackwell, 2005).
Duncan Large is Senior Lecturer in German at University of Wales Swansea and former Chairman of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society. He is author of Nietzsche and Proust: A Comparative Study (2001), and translator and editor of both Nietzsche’s Twilight of the Idols (1998) and Sarah Kofman’s Nietzsche and Metaphor (1993).
Table of Contents
A Chronology Friedrich Nietzsche..
Part I: Beginnings.
1. Fate and History: Thoughts (1862).
2. Freedom of Will and Fate (1862).
3. My Life (1863).
4. On Moods (1864).
5. On Schopenhauer (1868)..
Part II: Early Writings.
6. The Birth of Tragedy from the Spirit of Music (1872).
7. The Greek State (1871-2).
8. Homer's Contest (1872).
9. Philosophy in the Tragic Age of the Greeks (1873).
10. On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense (1873).
11. On the Utility and Liability of History for Life (1874).
12. Schopenhauer as Educator (1874)..
Part III: The Middle Period.
13. Human, All to Human: A Book for Free Spirits, volume 1 (1878).
14. Daybreak: Thoughts on the Prejudices of Morality (1881).
15. The gay Science (1881).
16. Notes from 1881..
Part IV: Thus Spoke Zarathustra.
17. Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for Everyone and No One (1883-5)..
Part V: The Later Writings.
18. Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future (1886).
19. The Gay Science, Book V (1887).
20. European Nihilism (1887).
21. On the Genealogy of Morality: A Polemic (1887).
22. The Case of Wagner: A Musicians' Problem (1888).
23. Twilight o the Idols; or, How to Philosophize with a Hammer (1888).
24. The Anti-Christ: Curse on Christianity (1888).
25. Ecce Homo: How One Becomes What One Is (1888).
26. Four Letters (1888-9).
A Guide to Further Reading.
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