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By Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen

ISBN-10: 0226705846

ISBN-13: 9780226705842

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If you have been trying to find a thinker more likely to attract american citizens, Friedrich Nietzsche will be faraway from your first selection. in the end, in his blazing profession, Nietzsche took target at approximately the entire foundations of recent American lifestyles: Christian morality, the Enlightenment religion in cause, and the assumption of human equality. regardless of that, for greater than a century Nietzsche has been a highly popular—and strangely influential—figure in American notion and tradition.

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 allure. starting her account with Ralph Waldo Emerson, whom the seventeen-year-old Nietzsche learn fervently, she exhibits how Nietzsche’s rules first burst on American beaches on the flip of the 20 th century, and the way they persevered 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 wide range 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 suggestion from Nietzsche’s claims for the demise 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 picture as an iconoclastic immoralist used to be positioned to paintings in American pop culture, making Nietzsche an not likely posthumous famous person able to inspiring either children and students alike.

A penetrating exam of a robust yet little-explored undercurrent of twentieth-century American notion and tradition, American Nietzsche dramatically recasts our realizing of yank highbrow life—and places Nietzsche squarely at its middle.

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While Nietzsche sought to dismantle the notion of universal truth and goodness, so too did he try to discredit his readers' faith in God. With the declaration that "God is dead, "he sought to call an end to the Christian faith in the Divine. God had not created man in his image; rather man created an image of God in order to give life meaning, purpose, and a moral center. According to Nietzsche, modern Western culture was founded on a pack of lies: truth, universal morality, God. These were mere fictions, products of human imagination, which had no basis in the real world.

Nietzsche did not just encourage Americans to rethink the moral and cultural grounds of themselves and their modern America, he helped them to feel the thrill and the terror of his challenges to foundationalism. Americans' century-long engagements with Nietzsche testify to the strong affective dimension involved in the transfer of ideas. As this history shows, reading Nietzsche, in particular, has never been a neutral transmission of arguments and concepts. Because his ideas and radical image evoked strong feelings in his American readers, virtually every document in which a discussion of Nietzsche appears-whether a letter to a friend, marginalia in a Nietzsche text, an academic philosophical monograph, or an essay for a popular magazineprovides a view to the emotional circuitry involved in intellectual exchange.

Metaphysics rested on the belief in timeless foundations of universal values, whereas positivism assumed the universality of the scientific method and objectivity. Nietzsche posed his philosophical anthropology in opposition to both the older and the newer trends in thought. Urban discovered in Nietzsche a thinker who rejected the search for both the metaphysical and the natural foundations of truth and values, and sought instead to examine the human origins, cultural genealogy, and value of values.

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