By Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen
In case you have been searching for a thinker more likely to attract americans, Friedrich Nietzsche will be faraway from your first selection. in spite of everything, in his blazing profession, Nietzsche took goal at approximately all of the foundations of contemporary American existence: 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 unusually influential—figure in American idea 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 seashores 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 thought from Nietzsche’s claims for the dying of God, his problem to common fact, and his insistence at the interpretive nature of all human notion and ideology. while, she explores how his photograph as an iconoclastic immoralist was once placed to paintings in American pop culture, making Nietzsche an not going posthumous big name in a position to inspiring either children and students alike.
A penetrating exam of a strong yet little-explored undercurrent of twentieth-century American notion and tradition, American Nietzsche dramatically recasts our knowing of yankee highbrow life—and places Nietzsche squarely at its center.
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American Nietzsche: A History of an Icon and His Ideas by Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen