This is a straightforward guide to the life and work of Friedrich Nietzsche, the philosopher whose startling declaration that "God is dead" made him one of the key figures of the modern age. Robert Wicks moves through the minefield of controversy that surrounds Nietzsche, presenting the philosopher's doctrines within the context of his Christian upbringing and the profound influence of his childhood experiences. Making some difficult ideas clear and accessible, he provides a close examination of Nietzsche's best-known existential doctrines, and re-evaluates these not as simply nihilistic, but as a positive and life-affirming system of belief. This introduction also offers a survey of Nietzsche's profound influence on contemporary philosophy, in addition to a non-sensationalist and objective reflection on his association with Nazism.
- Paperback | 201 pages
- 135 x 216 x 19.05mm | 272.16g
- 25 Apr 2002
- Oneworld Publications
- London, United Kingdom
- glossary, bibliography, index
Table of contents
The churchyard echoes of Roecken: from Jerusalem to Athens; Arthur Schopenhauer and the proble m of evil. The worship of wildlife: the feral Dionysus and the beautiful Apollo; European culture in decline; Greek tragedy as a transcendence-festival; the rebirth of tragedy in Nietzsche's Germany; truth, from the perspective of life. God's death: spiritual crisis and the healthful Greeks long-lost; nihilism and the "death of God"; Nietzsche as physician for modern Europe; the diagnosis - theism is a spiritual debilitation; breaking the news - communicating to a senseless patient; Nietzsche's rejuvenating injections. Dissolving the shadows of God: the truth as a terrifying Medusa; the nature of life - beyond good and evil; the tougher facts of life - the will to power; the religion of life - the eternal recurrence; the ideal of life - being in superhuman health. Nietzsche's seduction of truth; ravaging knowledge; amending reality's split; the truth as a painted rice-cake; embracing life vs. embracing existence: life-affirmation and the world's imperfection; exist ence-affirmation and the world's perfection; the aesthetic justification for life and existence. The contemporary shadows of Nietzsche: Nietzsche and Nazism; Nietzsche and 20th-Century French philosophy.