By Rüdiger Safranski
From Publishers Weekly
This publication isn't really a conventional philosopher's biography providing a good stability of existence and concept, yet relatively a wealthy interpretation of Nietzsche's philosophy because it advanced in the course of his lifestyles, with a coda tracing his impression after his dying. Biographical information are sparing: neither Nietzsche's delivery nor dying is defined, and there are few juicy bits approximately his ardour for Lou Salomé. many of the ebook is a analyzing of Nietzsche's constructing principles, starting together with his autobiographical sketches in highschool and carrying on with chronologically from his early attachment to Schopenhauer via his hopes for and sadness in Wagner's track drama, such nice achievements as dawn and hence Spoke Zarathustra, and his final works earlier than his descent into insanity. to shut, there's a bankruptcy at the other ways Nietzsche inspired 20th-century artists, the Nazis, Heidegger, Foucault, Rorty and others. all through, definite subject matters recur, elucidated sympathetically yet with "ironic reserve," together with the demise of God, the divided self, the need to strength, everlasting recurrence, philosophy as paintings and fact as strength play. Safranski (Heidegger: among stable and Evil), in transparent English from Rutgers collage Germanist Frisch, brings out contradictions and tensions in Nietzsche's suggestion with no pushing aside him; to the contrary, Safranski sees Nietzsche as a philosopher "who geared up his gardens of thought in this type of approach that any one in search of their vital arguments could nearly necessarily fall flat on his face," yet who leads one to come profitably to "[o]ne's personal thinking." the writer deals no precis conclusions, who prefer to depart Nietzsche's philosophical biography open, as "a tale with out an end." Safranski has made a beneficial contribution to that tale, although will probably be of curiosity often to these with an curiosity in enticing the paintings directly.
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--This textual content refers back to the Hardcover edition.
From Library Journal
With extraordinary insights and bold scholarship, Safranski, who has formerly written approximately Heidegger and Schopenhaurer, right here makes a huge contribution to figuring out and appreciating the lasting importance of Friedrich Nietzsche (l844-l900). From his ardour for Greek antiquity to his unhappiness with the Bayreuth most effective of the hoop tetralogy, Nietzsche is gifted as a sad hero who encouraged overcoming cultural mediocrity and simplistic materialism whereas conscientiously pursuing highbrow enlightenment and new values. Safranski emphasizes the philosopher's Heraclitean-Dionysian worldview of ongoing flux and pervasive swap. This accomplished learn analyzes the affects of tune, mythology, Schopenhauer, Wagner, and Darwin at the improvement of Nietzsche's iconoclastic principles and demanding views. Safranski devotes sections to a serious dialogue of the longer term overman and the cosmic will to energy. rather vital is bankruptcy 10, which makes a speciality of Nietzsche's primary notion of the everlasting recurrence of an analogous universe. Nietzsche himself integrated his daring imaginative and prescient into an confirmation of existence when it comes to human creativity inside artistic nature. Safranski's impressive, level-headed, and precise philosophical biography of Nietzsche is strongly advised for all educational and public libraries. H. James Birx, Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA
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