Nietzsche: The Gay Science: With a Prelude in German Rhymes and an Appendix of Songs

Nietzsche: The Gay Science: With a Prelude in German Rhymes and an Appendix of Songs

Paperback Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy

By (author) Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Edited by Bernard Williams, Translated by Adrian Del Caro, Series edited by Karl Ameriks, Series edited by Desmond M. Clarke, Translated by Josefine Nauckhoff

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  • Format: Paperback | 305 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 226mm x 20mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521636450
  • ISBN 13: 9780521636452
  • Sales rank: 89,387

Product description

Nietzsche wrote The Gay Science, which he later described as 'perhaps my most personal book', when he was at the height of his intellectual powers, and the reader will find in it an extensive and sophisticated treatment of the philosophical themes and views which were most central to Nietzsche's own thought and which have been most influential on later thinkers. These include the death of God, the problem of nihilism, the role of truth, falsity and the will-to-truth in human life, the doctrine of the eternal recurrence, and the question of the proper attitude to adopt toward human suffering and toward human achievement. This volume presents the work in a new translation by Josefine Nauckhoff, with an introduction by Bernard Williams that elucidates the work's main themes and discusses their continuing philosophical importance.

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Author information

Bernard Williams is Deutsch Professor of Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley, and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. His many publications include Problems of the Self (Cambridge University Press, 1973), Moral Luck (Cambridge University Press, 1981), Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy (Harvard University Press, 1986), Shame and Necessity (University of California Press, 1993), and Making Sense of Humanity (Cambridge University Press, 1995).

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'The Gay Science deserves prominent attention from philosophers who study Nietzsche's works, and indeed from anyone with an interest in moral psychology and the origin of our values. this new edition is a great achievement, which should for most purposes supersede Kaufmann as the standard translation, and which will have an important role to play in bringing this work into prominence and in furthering the study of Nietzsche in the English-speaking world.' Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

Table of contents

Joke, cunning and revenge: prelude in German rhymes; Book one; Book two; Book three; Book four: St Januarius; Book five: we fearless ones; Appendix: songs of Prince Vogelfrei.