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Nietzsche's Zarathustra is a guide through the convoluted territory of Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra. It shows the philosophical significance of the fictional format as a means to simultaneously propose alternatives to traditional dogmas within the Western tradition and reveal the danger of mistaking doctrinal formulations for living philosophical insight.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 362.87g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised ed.
  • 0739120867
  • 9780739120866
  • 956,809

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The publication of the second edition of Kathleen Higgins's Nietzsche's Zarathustra is a great boon to Nietzsche scholars and Zarathustra specialists alike, for Higgins's consistently subtle analysis of Nietzsche's bold experiment in philosophical writing -especially her groundbreaking interpretation of Zarathustra, Part IV-is replete with invaluable insights. More than twenty years after its initial appearance, Nietzsche's Zarathustra remains an indispensable point of reference for philosophers and critics who take seriously Nietzsche's judgment that Zarathustra is his most significant work. -- Robert Gooding-Williams, University of Chicago Thus Spoke Zarathustra is Nietzsche's most popular and yet least comprehensible book. Many have left the matter there, deriding both the author and his public. Kathleen Higgins refuses to take this easy path. She reveals the complexities underlying the work's apparent lack of organization and argues that these complexities, far from being gratuitous, are telling and significant. She argues that Zarathustra breaks the boundaries that separate a number of genres from one another. Her own interpretation, reflecting the features of its subject, breaks the boundaries that separate a number of academic disciplines. Higgins has written an engaging book, which will prove indispensable to Nietzsche's many readers. -- Alexander Nehamas, University of Pennsylvania This book contains the kind of original insights into Zarathustra that can only be gleaned from a very close, intuitive reading. Higgins is sensitive and sympathetic to the 'religious' or spiritual dimension of Nietzsche's thought, which most writers on Nietzsche ignore, neglect, deny, or don't even see. -- Joan Stambaugh, Hunter Collegeshow more

About Kathleen Marie Higgins

Kathleen Marie Higgins is professor of philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 An ad Hominem Introduction to Nietzsche Chapter 2 Nietzsche's Conception of Tragedy and the Tragic Worldview Chapter 3 Nietzsche's Case Against Christian Morality Chapter 4 Why Zarathustra Speaks Chapter 5 The Ambivalence of Zarathustra's Doctrine Chapter 6 Eternal Recurrence Versus the Doctrine of Sin Chapter 7 Where Zarathustra Ends Up Chapter 8 Conclusion: Taking It Seriouslyshow more

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