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Reinterpreting Modern Culture

An Introduction to Friedrich Nietzsche's Philosophy

by Paul van Tongeren

Publication Year: 2000

This book presents Nietzsche's thoughts on knowledge and reality, on morality and politics, and on religion. Preceding these main dialogues is an introduction on the art of reading Nietzsche's texts and on his art of writing.

Published by: Purdue University Press

Series: History of Philosophy


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pp. ix-x

Nietzsche says this of his Thus Spoke Zarathustra, but we may assume that he could have said the same of his writings in general. One does not really know his work without being both irritated and fascinated by it, without having experienced it in a much stronger sense than can be said of most philosophical books we read...


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pp. xi-xii


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pp. xiii-xiv

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CHAPTER ONE. Presenting the Philosopher

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pp. 1-50

This chapter introduces Nietzsche's philosophy from two different approaches. First, it presents two of Nietzsche's own explications of his philosophy, one taken from his early writings, the other from one of his later works. The interpretation of these presentations will show the continuity of Nietzsche's self-conception...

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CHAPTER TWO. Nietzsche's Writing and How to Read Nietzsche

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pp. 51-103

There is only one way to learn about an author, and that is to read his or her writings. The question, however, is how to read them. It would be wrong to think that there is only one way of reading and that everyone who is able to read is likewise able to read any author. Writers wish to be read in the proper way...

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CHAPTER THREE. "Epistemology" and"Metaphysics" in Quotation Marks

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pp. 104-173

The following three chapters will successively be devoted to knowledge and reality, morality and politics, and God and religion-three of the four main domains of culture we distinguished. The fourth domain, art, will appear at the end of each of these chapters. Each chapter is construed along the same lines: it first presents Nietzsche's critique of the domain in question and then addresses...

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CHAPTER FOUR. "A Morality for Moralists"

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pp. 174-249

In the preface to On the Genealogy of Morals, Nietzsche depicts the development of his thoughts on morality. He reveals that his reflections on the descent ("Herkunft") of our moral prejudices were first expressed in his first aphoristic writing Human, All Too Human, though the ideas occurred to him when he was much younger...

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CHAPTER FIVE. "Dionysus Versus the Crucified"

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pp. 250-304

The third and last domain of Nietzsche's analysis of culture is religion. We will see that his diagnosis of religion is also dominated by an antithesis, as the title of this chapter expresses with the last words of Nietzsche's Ecce Homo...


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pp. 319-322

E-ISBN-13: 9781612491295
E-ISBN-10: 1612491294
Print-ISBN-13: 9781557531575
Print-ISBN-10: 1557531579

Page Count: 336
Publication Year: 2000

Series Title: History of Philosophy
Series Editor Byline: Adriaan Peperzak See more Books in this Series

OCLC Number: 607470089
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  • Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm, -- 1844-1900.
  • Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm, 1844-1900. Jenseits von Gut und Bòˆse.
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