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    DescriptionThe impact of Nietzsche's engagement with the Greek skeptics has never before been systematically explored in a book-length work - an inattention that belies the interpretive weight scholars otherwise attribute to his early career as a professor of classical philology and to the fascination with Greek literature and culture that persisted throughout his productive academic life. Jessica N. Berry fills this gap in the literature on Nietzsche by demonstrating how an understanding of the Pyrrhonian skeptical tradition illuminates Nietzsche's own reflections on truth, knowledge, and ultimately, the nature and value of philosophic inquiry. This entirely new reading of Nietzsche's epistemological and ethical views promises to make clear and render coherent his provocative but often opaque remarks on the topics of truth and knowledge and to grant us further insight into his ethics-since the Greek skeptics, like Nietzsche, take up the position they do as a means of promoting well-being and psychological health. In addition, it allows us to recover a portrait of Nietzsche as a philologist and philosophical psychologist that has been too often obscured by commentaries on his thought. "The book addresses a number of central issues in Nietzsche's philosophy, including perspectivism and his conception of truth. The idea that his views in these areas owe much to the ancient Pyrrhonists casts them in an important new light, and is well supported by the texts. A lot of people from a lot of different areas in philosophy will have good reason to take notice." - Richard Bett, Johns Hopkins University


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    Title
    Nietzsche and the Ancient Skeptical Tradition
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jessica N. Berry
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 248
    Width: 142 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 363 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780195368420
    ISBN 10: 0195368428
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HPCF
    Libri: I-HP
    BIC subject category V2: HPCA
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/GREECE
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BISAC V2.8: PHI016000
    Abridged Dewey: 193
    DC22: 193
    BISAC V2.8: PHI002000
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
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    LC classification: B3317 .B429 2011
    Thema V1.0: QDHR, QDHA
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBAG
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    23 December 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Jessica N. Berry is Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Georgia State University
    Review quote
    "Berry's book is eminently readable, providing many notes of comparison and contrast, all pointing us toward ancient as opposed to modern skepticism." --Philosophy in Review"Nietzsche and the Ancient Skeptical Tradition is rich in content, carefully argued, and always inspiring. Even though Berry's interpretation looks somewhat forced at times, it presents an important new perspective on Nietzsche --given his aversion towards any self-contained edifice of thought." --Notre Dame Philosophical Review
    Table of contents
    ABBREVIATIONS ; INTRODUCTION: READING NIETZSCHE SKEPTICALLY ; 1. Nietzsche and the Pyrrhonian Tradition ; 2. Skepticism in Nietzsche's Early Work: The Case of "On Truth and Lie" ; 3. Nietzsche's "Naturalism" ; 4. Perspectivism and Ephexis in Interpretation ; 5. Skepticism and Health ; 6. Skepticism as Immoralism ; CONCLUSION ; BIBLIOGRAPHY ; INDEX