Nietzsche and the Promise of Philosophy

Nietzsche and the Promise of Philosophy

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This book questions the consensus about the meaning and importance of Nietzsche's philosophy that has developed in the United States and Britain during the last thirty years and reestablishes close reading as the ground of interpretation. Arguing that there is greater continuity in Nietzsche's thought than is usually recognized, Klein focuses particularly on the genesis and nature of Nietzsche's theory of language and rhetoric, exploring the relationship between his early theory of language, expressed in The Birth of Tragedy, and the canonical writings of the late 1880s. This book is united by the conviction that Nietzsche's understanding of language is an essential part of his thought, and that whatever their explicit themes, Nietzsche's texts constitute a sustained reflection on the nature of reading and writing, which forces the reader to put into question conventional views about how philosophical texts should be interpreted.
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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 150.9 x 227.8 x 15.5mm | 381.02g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 0791435504
  • 9780791435502
  • 2,328,964

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"Klein's reading offers sound contextualizations of Nietzsche's early thought ... [His] own style of close textual exegesis of the original German should also be applauded for articulating many important distinctions and nuances within Nietzsche's texts which are not visible in English translation." -- New Nietzsche Studies "Wayne Klein provides careful readings of Nietzsche's texts that challenge some long-held beliefs in Nietzsche scholarship. In both its style and content, this book is an important contribution." -- James J. Winchester, author of Nietzsche's Aesthetic Turn: Reading Nietzsche After Heidegger, Deleuze, Derrida
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About Wayne Klein

Wayne Klein is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Xavier University in New Orleans.
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