540 pages. Softcover. Brand new book. PHILOSOPHY. Responding to the powerful myths and countermyths that had sprung up around Nietzsche, Kaufmann offered a patient, evenhanded account of his life and works, and of the uses and abuses to which subsequent generations had put his ideas. Without ignoring or downplaying the ugliness of many of Nietzsche's proclamations, he set them in the context of his work as a whole and of the counterexamples yielded by a responsible reading of his books. More positively, he presented Nietzsche's ideas about power as one of the great accomplishments of modern philosophy, arguing that his conception of the "will to power" was not a crude apology for ruthless self-assertion but must be linked to Nietzsche's equally profound ideas about sublimation. He also presented Nietzsche as a pioneer of modern psychology and argued that a key to understanding his overall philosophy is to see it as a reaction against Christianity. Many scholars in the past half century have taken issue with some of Kaufmann's interpretations, but the book ranks as one of the most influential accounts ever written of any major Western thinker. Includes an Index. Walter A. Kaufman (1921-1980) was professor of philosophy at Princeton University and a world-renowned scholar and translator of Nietzsche. "Mr. Kaufmann has produced what may be called the definitive study of Nietzsche's life and thought-an informed, scholarly, and lustrous work."-The New Yorker (Key Words: Zarathrustra, Walter Kaufman, Richard Wagner, Friedrich Nietzsche, Truth, Schopenhauer, Religion, Socrates, Philosophy, Power, Morality, Nazis, Immanuel Kant).
This is a classic book. Wonderful exegesis on the whole of Nietzsche's philosophy. Kaufmann guides the reader through the philosopher's early thought, with all it's insight and problems, all the way to his mature, final philosophy with penetrating lucidity and care. Throughout, Kaufmann raises questions that challenge Nietzsche's thought. Some are used rhetorically to further elucidate the philosopher's position, while others are left unanswered, allowing the reader to form his own conclusions. Great book!
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