In this beautifully written account, Julian Young provides the most comprehensive biography available today of the life and philosophy of the nineteenth-century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Young deals with the many puzzles created by the conjunction of Nietzsche's personal history and his work: why the son of a Lutheran pastor developed into the self-styled 'Antichrist'; why this archetypical Prussian came to loath Bismarck's Prussia; and why this enemy of feminism preferred the company of feminist women. Setting Nietzsche's thought in the context of his times - the rise of Prussian militarism, anti-Semitism, Darwinian science, the 'Youth' and emancipationist movements, as well as the 'death of God' - Young emphasises the decisive influence of Plato and of Richard Wagner on Nietzsche's attempted reform of Western culture.Read more
- Only comprehensive account of both life and works. Written by an author trained in both history and philosophy
- Recognises and explains, for the first time, the decisive and continuing influence of Richard Wagner on Nietzsche's thought
- Web based audio files of Nietzsche's musical compositions provide a valuable insight into Nietzsche's thinking
Reviews & endorsements
'Julian Young brings together his fine scholarly skills, his delightful writing style, and a solid grasp of Nietzsche's thought to produce a philosophical biography that will be unparalleled for years to come. Especially valuable is Young's way of showing how events in Nietzsche's life hooked up with intellectual developments in this multi-faceted philosopher. A pleasure to read and a valuable source of information.' Charles Guignon, University of South FloridaSee more reviews
'A first in the history of Nietzsche studies: a richly detailed biography written by a leading scholar of Nietzsche's philosophy. The volume nicely mixes the intriguing particulars of Nietzsche's life with intelligent analyses of his philosophical work that are well-informed, always clear, sometimes controversial, but consistently interesting. It will now be the starting place for the philosophically-minded reader of Nietzsche seeking a comprehensive treatment of the life and the work.' Brian Leiter, University of Chicago
09th May 2014 by Joelhh
I have fallen in love with this book. I have a background in philosophy and theology. If youre interested in atheism, the death of God movement, or in analysis of modern culture, including art, music,linguistics, and ancient Greek culture, this book I highly recommend and Frederick Nietzsche is your man. Its worth the struggle in beautifully written even with a sense of humor. And its actually relevant to many issues of the 21st-century that we face as a human family.
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- Date Published: April 2010
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521871174
- length: 676 pages
- dimensions: 259 x 185 x 43 mm
- weight: 1.38kg
- contains: 32 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Youth:
1. Da campo
Part II. The Reluctant Professor:
7. Richard Wagner and the birth of The Birth of Tragedy
8. War and aftermath
9. Anal philology
10. Untimely Meditations
11. Aimez vous Brahms?
12. Aufwiedersehen Bayreuth
14. Human, All-Too-Human
Part III. The Nomad:
15. The wanderer and his shadow
17. The Gay Science
18. The Salomé affair
20. Nietzsche's circle of women
21. Beyond Good and Evil
22. Clearing the decks
23. The Genealogy of Morals
26. The rise and fall of The Will to Power
27. The end
Postscript: Nietzsche's madness.
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