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Nietzsche's System

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This book challenges the popular recent view of Nietzsche as an anti-systematic, anti-traditional thinker, and argues that his work is in fact highly systematic, and therefore congruent with the main traditions of western philosophy.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 328 pages
  • 162.6 x 240.8 x 30.7mm | 598.25g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0195098463
  • 9780195098464

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Richardson pursues this task by applying a rigorously analytical approach ... erudite and ... illuminating. * Radical Philosophy * The best feature of Richardson's book is the care with which he selects and presents his material. Taking as his themes Neitzsche's views on being, becoming, value and truth, he patiently sifts his interpretations and sets them out with an almost pedantic explicitness. The result is a book that is wholly un-Neitzschean in its straightforwardness and accessibility - and all the more useful for that. * Times Literary Supplement, 8 August 1997 * amibitious and important ... offering a comprehensive interpretation of Nietzsche's philosophical thinking as organized around the notion of "will to power" ... there can be little doubt that Richardson has done, with far greater philosophical skill and scholarly care, what earlier writers ... tried to do in their influential works on Nietzsche ... beautifully crafted systematic portrait of Nietzsche ... This "essence" of things is captured in Nietzsche's doctrine of will to power. Richardson's treatment of this theme is brilliant, the best in the literature ... substantial, scholarly. * Brian Letter, Mind *show more

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In recent years post-modernist critics have embraced Nietzsche as a philosopher who broke fundamentally free from the traditions of Western philosophy, even to the point of rejecting the goal of truth. In this original study that is sure to provoke stimulating discussion, John Richardson challenges these interpretations with a "conservative" reading of Nietzsche which, instead, displays his deep continuities with those philosophical traditions. Richardson carefully and systematically extrapolates from Nietzsche's work a metaphysical system that demonstrates how Nietzsche did indeed aspire to find and state essential truths, both descriptive and valuative, about us and the world. Scrutinizing the controversial philosopher's basic thoughts, Richardson seeks to unveil the larger structure and unifying sense to Nietzsche's strikingly diverse views.show more

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