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Description - Nietzsche as Philosopher by Arthur Coleman Danto

Few philosophers are as widely read or as widely misunderstood as Friedrich Nietzsche. When Danto's classic study was first published in 1965, many regarded Nietzsche as a brilliant but somewhat erratic thinker. Danto, however, presented a radically different picture, arguing that Nietzsche offered a systematic and coherent philosophy that anticipated many of the questions that define contemporary philosophy. Danto's clear and insightful commentaries helped canonize Nietzsche as a philosopher and continue to illuminate subtleties in Nietzsche's work as well as his immense contributions to the philosophies of science, language, and logic.This new edition, which includes five additional essays, not only further enhances our understanding of Nietzsche's philosophy; it responds to the misunderstandings that continue to muddy his intellectual reputation. Even today, Nietzsche is seen as everything from a precursor of feminism and deconstruction to a prophetic writer and spokesperson for disgruntled teenage boys. As Danto points out in his preface, Nietzsche's writings have purportedly inspired recent acts of violence and school shootings. Danto counters these misreadings by elaborating an anti-Nietzschian philosophy from within Nietzsche's own philosophy "in the hope of disarming the rabid Nietzsche and neutralizing the vivid frightening images that have inspired sociopaths for over a century."The essays also consider specific works by Nietzsche, including Human, All Too Human and The Genealogy of Morals, as well as the philosopher's artistic metaphysics and semantical nihilism.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780231050531
ISBN-10: 0231050534
Format: Paperback
(209mm x 135mm x 17mm)
Pages: 250
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 1-Apr-1980
Country of Publication: United States

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US Kirkus Review » Nietzsche has merited all manner of reaction. Santayana termed his thought "genialimbecility"; Heidegger and Jaspers, Lowith and Sartre, among others, place him in the forefront of modernism or the existential school; for Walter Kaufmann he is primarily au "educator"; and to the popular mind, some weird conglomeration of proto-fascist, Social Darwinist, and Romantic. No one, to this reviewer's knowledge, has approached the man's philosophy as a whole very largely from the somewhat austere vantage point of logical analysis, which is what Columbia's Professor Danto has done in a highly original, briskly elegant, often quite brilliant study. Remarks Danto: "Men had to be made to understand that everything was possible if they were to be moved to try anything at all, Nietzsche felt, and his philosophy, therefore, is one of total conceptual permissiveness." Therein lies his famous Nihilism and the various constellations: Eternal Recurrence, Zarathustra, the Will to Power, the Apollonian and Dionysiac phases of art, and amor fati. Nietzsche's ideas of perspectivism, irrationality, morality, psychology and religion, his repudiation or transformation of early work, his aphoristic method and philological concerns- all these aspects Professor Danto examines with systematic grace, sometimes, rather wittily, at Nietzsche's expense. No apologia, but a coolly objective exposition, bound to cause a stir in philosophic circles, and very rightly so. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - Arthur Coleman Danto

Arthur Danto is the Emeritus Johnsonian Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University. He is the art critic for The Nation and has served as president of the American Philosophical Association. His many books include The Philosophical Disenfranchisement of Art; After the End of Art; The Madonna of the Future: Essays in a Pluralistic Art World; and Art in the Historical Present, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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