Nietzsche and Zion
By (author) Jacob Golomb
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Nietzsche and Zion by Jacob Golomb
Book Description"Nietzsche's ideas were widely disseminated among and appropriated by the first Hebrew Zionist writers and leaders. It seems quite appropriate, then, that the first Zionist Congress was held in Basle, where Nietzsche spent several years as a professor of classical philology. This coincidence gains profound significance when we see Nietzsche's impact on the first Zionist leaders and writers in Europe as well as his presence in Palestine and, later, in the State of Israel."-from the IntroductionThe early Zionists were deeply concerned with the authenticity of the modern Jew qua person and with the content and direction of the reawakening Hebrew culture. Nietzsche too was propagating his highest ideal of a personal authenticity. Yet the affinities in their thought, and the formative impact of Nietzsche on the first leaders and writers of the Zionist movement, have attracted very little attention from intellectual historians. Indeed, the antisemitic uses to which Nietzsche's thought was turned after his death have led most commentators to assume the philosopher's antipathy to Jewish aspirations. Jacob Golomb proposes a Nietzsche whose sympathies overturn such preconceptions and details for the first time how Nietzsche's philosophy inspired Zionist leaders, ideologues, and writers to create a modern Hebrew culture. Golomb cites Ahad Ha'am, Micha Josef Berdichevski, Martin Buber, Theodor Herzl, Max Nordau, and Hillel Zeitlin as examples of Zionists who "dared to look into Nietzsche's abyss." This book tells us what they found.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801437625
(229mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 26-Feb-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Jacob Golomb
Beauvoir and Sartre, Paperback (January 2009)
Addresses questions of influence between two of the 20th century's greatest minds
Nietzsche, Godfather of Fascism?, Paperback (August 2002)
Frequently described as the "radical aristocrat" of the spirit, Nietzsche abhorred mass culture and strove to cultivate an Ubermensch endowed with exceptional mental qualities. This title explores Nietzsche's attitudes toward Jews, Judaism, Christianity, anti-Semitism, and National Socialism.
Nietzsche and Jewish Culture, Paperback (December 1996)
This unique collection of essays explores the reciprocal relationship between Nietzsche and Jewish culture: Nietzsche's attitudes towards Jews and Judaism are contrasted with his influence on a diverse range of Jewish intellectuals.
In Search of Authenticity, Paperback (July 1995)» View all books by Jacob Golomb
Philosophers such as Kierkgaard, Nietzsche and Sartre have clearly been preoccupied with the possibility of authenticity. In this study, Golomb examines the literature and work of these philosophers in his analysis of their ethics.
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