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Description - Zarathustra's Secret by Joachim Kohler

Over a century after his death in 1900, Nietzsche remains a seminal figure in the history of European intellectual life. Celebrated as a liberator by some, maligned as a pernicious influence by others, he was the subject of controversy during his lifetime, pursuing a hedonistic individualism and espousing concepts such as the Superman and the Will to Power until he died, after a decade of institutionalized insanity. In this biography, Joachim Kohler seeks to understand Nietzsche's philosophy through a reconstruction of his inner life. Through a reinterpretation of his letters, diaries and writings, Kohler shows that Nietzsche's suppressed homosexuality, generating a hatred of Christianity and conventional morality, was a central influence on his work, and argues that his philosophical position was fundamentally compromised by the concealment of his forbidden sexual desire. Throughout his life, as the author demonstrates, the unhappy genius was also plagued by terrible nightmares, stemming from his much-loved father's death, which led to a profoundly disturbed conscience and an intense loathing of metaphysics. Seeking to disguise the truth of his innermost torments, Nietzsche contrived the persona of Zarathustra. The story of the great Persian philosopher, argues Kohler, reveals Nietzsche's own suppression and dionysiac liberation, and presents the culmination of his secret yearnings in the new myth of the Superman who, in his naked beauty, resembled the gods of classical Greece.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300092783
ISBN-10: 0300092784
Format: Hardback
(241mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 3-Apr-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Joachim Kohler

Joachim Kohler's books on Nietzsche and on Wagner have been translated into eleven languages, and include Nietzsche and Wagner: A Lesson in Subjugation (ISBN 0 300 07640 1, [pound]20.00*), published by Yale University Press. Ronald Taylor is the author of Berlin and its Culture: A Historical Portrait (ISBN 0 300 07200 7, [pound]35.00*), also published by Yale University Press.

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