A Companion to Friedrich Nietzsche

Life and Works

Paul Bishop editor


Publisher:Boydell & Brewer Ltd

Published:16th Jul '12

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An advanced introduction for students and a re-orientation for Nietzsche scholars and intellectual historians on the development of his thought and the aesthetic construction of his identity as a philosopher. Nietzsche looms over modern literature and thought; according to Gottfried Benn, "everything my generation discussed, thought through innerly; one could say: suffered; or one could even say: took to the point of exhaustion -- allof it had already been said . . . by Nietzsche; all the rest was just exegesis." Nietzsche's influence on intellectual life today is arguably as great; witness the various societies, journals, and websites and the steady stream ofpapers, collections, and monographs. This Companion offers new essays from the best Nietzsche scholars, emphasizing the interrelatedness of his life and thought, eschewing a superficial biographical method but taking seriously his claim that great philosophy is "the self-confession of its author and a kind of unintended and unremarked memoir." Each essay examines a major work by Nietzsche; together, they offer an advanced introduction for students of German Studies, philosophy, and comparative literature as well as for the lay reader. Re-establishing the links between Nietzsche's philosophical texts and their biographical background, the volume alerts Nietzschescholars and intellectual historians to the internal development of his thought and the aesthetic construction of his identity as a philosopher. Contributors: Ruth Abbey, Keith Ansell-Pearson, Rebecca Bamford, Paul Bishop, Thomas H. Brobjer, Daniel W. Conway, Adrian Del Caro, Carol Diethe, Michael Allen Gillespie and Keegan F. Callanan, Laurence Lampert, Duncan Large, Martin Liebscher, Martine Prange, Alan D. Schrift. Paul Bishop is William Jacks Chair of Modern Languages at the University of Glasgow.

[A]n invaluable resource for students and scholars, with well-researched and expert accounts of Nietzsche's works. * MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW *
[A] commendably useful and reliable resource for anyone interested in studying Nietzsche systematically. It succeeds in making Nietzsche's multifaceted and often contradictory thought accessible to students and scholars even if they lack a strong background in philosophy. The volume is designed to cover the entire range of Nietzsche's output and to address the most significant events and relationships in his life. There is no other introduction to Nietzsche that accomplishes so much in a comparatively succinct format. . . . The [book] deserves credit for having been edited in full consciousness of [Nietzsche's conviction regarding the] interpenetration of life and work, and it merits high praise for being the most dependable, even-handed, and comprehensive introduction to an oeuvre that continues to be met with intense, passionate interest inside and outside the academic world. * GERMAN QUARTERLY *
[Different from other Companions to Nietzsche in] the emphasis it places on the biographical context for particular texts and on the progressive unfolding of a life dedicated to philosophical inquiry. . . . Overall, this is a guide to Nietzsche's writings that can be strongly recommended to university German departments throughout the English-speaking world. -- David Midgley * JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN STUDIES *
[U]nusually rich in substance, form, and contextualization. Among the work's many virtues are: stellar contributors, fresh perspectives, comprehensive scope, and superb organization. [T]he 15 original essays . . . offer much of value to specialists and non-specialists alike, and of special benefit is the guiding Nietzschean principle that structures the compilation: the intimate connection between 'biography and creativity.' . . . Nietzsche has exerted enormous influence over modern thought . . . and this edited volume does an excellent job of canvassing the man and his paradigm-shifting ideas. Highly recommended. * CHOICE *

ISBN: 9781571133274

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462 pages