Michael Tanner

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780192854148
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191776670 | DOI:

Series: Very Short Introductions


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The philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900) was almost wholly neglected during his sane life, but since then he has been appropriated as an icon by an astonishingly diverse spectrum of people. Nietzsche: A Very Short Introduction provides an introduction to the philosopher's life and work examines the numerous ambiguities inherent in his writings. Interpretations of his thoughts range from the highly irrational to the firmly analytical. Thus Spoke Zarathustra introduced the ‘superman’ and The Twilight of the Idols developed the ‘Will to Power’ concept. These terms, together with ‘Sklavenmoral’ and ‘Herrenmoral’, became confused with the rise of nationalism in Germany.

Keywords: amor fati; death; eternal recurrence; life; morality; music; nature; Friedrich Nietzsche; taste; tragedy; truth; Übermensch; will to power

Book.  128 pages. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Fiction, Novelists, and Prose Writers) ; 19th-Century Philosophy

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