By Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen
If you have been searching for a thinker prone to attract americans, Friedrich Nietzsche will be faraway from your first selection. in the end, in his blazing occupation, Nietzsche took target at approximately the entire foundations of recent American lifestyles: Christian morality, the Enlightenment religion in cause, and the belief of human equality. regardless of that, for greater than a century Nietzsche has been a highly popular—and strangely influential—figure in American concept and culture.
In American Nietzsche, Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen delves deeply into Nietzsche's philosophy, and America’s reception of it, to inform the tale of his curious charm. starting her account with Ralph Waldo Emerson, whom the seventeen-year-old Nietzsche learn fervently, she exhibits how Nietzsche’s principles first burst on American seashores on the flip of the 20th century, and the way they persisted alternately to invigorate and to surprise american citizens for the century to return. She additionally delineates the wider highbrow and cultural contexts during which a big selection of commentators—academic and armchair philosophers, theologians and atheists, romantic poets and hard-nosed empiricists, and political ideologues and apostates from the Left and the Right—drew perception and thought from Nietzsche’s claims for the loss of life of God, his problem to common fact, and his insistence at the interpretive nature of all human suggestion and ideology. while, she explores how his snapshot as an iconoclastic immoralist was once placed to paintings in American pop culture, making Nietzsche an not going posthumous famous person in a position to inspiring either childrens and students alike.
A penetrating exam of a strong yet little-explored undercurrent of twentieth-century American concept and tradition, American Nietzsche dramatically recasts our knowing of yankee highbrow life—and places Nietzsche squarely at its heart.
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