Nietzsche's Search for Philosophy

Nietzsche's Search for Philosophy : On the Middle Writings

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In Nietzsche's Search for Philosophy: On the Middle Writings Keith Ansell-Pearson makes a novel and thought-provoking contribution to our appreciation of Nietzsche's neglected middle writings. These are the texts Human, all too Human (1878-80), Dawn (1881), and The Gay Science (1882). There is a truth in the observation of Havelock Ellis that the works Nietzsche produced between 1878 and 1882 represent the maturity of his genius.

In this study he explores key aspects of Nietzsche's philosophical activity in his middle writings, including his conceptions of philosophy, his commitment to various enlightenments, his critique of fanaticism, his search for the heroic-idyllic, his philosophy of modesty and his conception of ethics, and his search for joy and happiness. The book will appeal to readers across philosophy and the humanities, especially to those with an interest in Nietzsche and anyone who has a concern with the fate of philosophy in the modern world.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 15.24mm | 300g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1474254705
  • 9781474254700
  • 844,933

Table of contents

Editions of Nietzsche's Writings Used with Abbreviations

An Introduction to Nietzsche's Middle Writings

1. Cooling Down the Human Mind: Nietzsche On Philosophy and the Philosopher in Human, all too Human

2. Nietzsche on Enlightenment and Fanaticism

3. Dawn and the Passion of Knowledge

4. A Philosophy of Modesty: Ethics and the Search for a Care of Self

5. Philosophical Cheerfulness: On The Gay Science

6. On Nietzsche's Search for Happiness and Joy

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Ansell-Pearson describes the unique characteristics of Nietzsche's middle period with great learning and illuminating subtle expositions of key texts. * European Journal of Philosophy * Ansell-Pearson's readings of texts central to Nietzsche's ethical thinking are among the most valuable parts of the book ... one that will intrigue and enlighten its readers. * British Journal for the History of Philosophy * Both a philosophically valuable and enjoyable read ... This book is recommended to every scholar interested in working with the middle works, as well as to scholars interested in a systematic study of Nietzsche's references to and employment of the Stoic and Epicurean traditions. * The Agonist * The core argument of Nietzsche's Search for Philosophy-that we should not ignore the middle period-is impossible to disagree with. Ansell-Pearson's discussion of the works in question describe a thrilling series that readers will likely find themselves inclined to consult directly. * Rain Taxi * Keith Ansell-Pearson illuminates, with subtlety and care, neglected 'middle period' writings of Nietzsche, such as Dawn, showing how he reinvents philosophy as experiments in living and, above all, as fostering a new joy of the spirit. A fascinating and mature book from a sensitive thinker. -- Simon May, Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Kings College London, UK In this series of beautifully crafted, accessible and informative essays on Human, All Too Human, Dawn and The Gay Science, Ansell-Pearson rediscovers a philosophical persona not usually associated with the name of Nietzsche: Epicurean, pro-Enlightenment, anti-fanatical, dedicated to the passion for knowledge and to the cultivation of humanity by means of a calm and modest cultivation of the self. These essays make a compelling case for the richness and importance of the middle period works and call for a re-evaluation of what we take to be 'Nietzsche's philosophy. -- Paul Patton, Scientia Professor of Philosophy, The University of New South Wales, Australia
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About Professor Keith Ansell Pearson

Keith Ansell Pearson holds a Personal Chair in Philosophy at the University of Warwick, UK.
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