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The Image of Nietzsche

in Nietzsche

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780192854148
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191776670 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780192854148.003.0001

Series: Very Short Introductions

The Image of Nietzsche

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Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900) was a German philosopher, almost wholly neglected during his sane life. ‘The Image of Nietzsche’ highlights the immense impact of his work after his death. Poor English translations of Nietzsche's writings resulted in a misrepresentation of his thinking. In 1950, Walter Kaufmann began retranslating his key works and unveiled a more traditional thinker than previously thought. Kaufmann sought to establish comprehensively his remoteness from the Nazis, from all irrationalist movements that had claimed him as their forebear, and from Romanticism in the arts. Nietzsche's work has proved so attractive to such diverse movements and schools of thought partly due to the witty and radical content of his aphorisms.

Keywords: content; death; eternal recurrence; image; life; nature; Friedrich Nietzsche; romanticism; thinking; will to power

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

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