By Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen
If you happen to have been searching for a thinker more likely to attract american citizens, Friedrich Nietzsche will be faraway from your first selection. in any case, in his blazing profession, Nietzsche took objective 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 charm. starting her account with Ralph Waldo Emerson, whom the seventeen-year-old Nietzsche learn fervently, she indicates how Nietzsche’s rules first burst on American beaches on the flip of the 20th century, and the way they endured alternately to invigorate and to surprise americans for the century to return. She additionally delineates the wider highbrow and cultural contexts in 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 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 used to be positioned to paintings in American pop culture, making Nietzsche an not likely posthumous big name able to inspiring either little ones and students alike.
A penetrating exam of a robust yet little-explored undercurrent of twentieth-century American proposal and tradition, American Nietzsche dramatically recasts our figuring out of yank highbrow life—and places Nietzsche squarely at its middle.
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American Nietzsche: A History of an Icon and His Ideas by Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen