By Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen
If you have been searching for a thinker prone to attract american citizens, Friedrich Nietzsche will be faraway from your first selection. in the end, in his blazing profession, Nietzsche took objective at approximately the entire foundations of recent 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 strangely influential—figure in American inspiration and culture.
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 attraction. starting her account with Ralph Waldo Emerson, whom the seventeen-year-old Nietzsche learn fervently, she indicates how Nietzsche’s principles first burst on American seashores on the flip of the 20 th century, and the way they persevered alternately to invigorate and to surprise americans for the century to return. She additionally delineates the wider highbrow and cultural contexts during which a big selection 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 concept from Nietzsche’s claims for the demise of God, his problem to common fact, and his insistence at the interpretive nature of all human concept and ideology. whilst, she explores how his photograph as an iconoclastic immoralist was once placed to paintings in American pop culture, making Nietzsche an not going posthumous megastar in a position to inspiring either young ones and students alike.
A penetrating exam of a strong yet little-explored undercurrent of twentieth-century American inspiration and tradition, American Nietzsche dramatically recasts our realizing of yank highbrow life—and places Nietzsche squarely at its heart.
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