A Companion to Friedrich Nietzsche: Life and Works by Paul Bishop

By Paul Bishop

Nietzsche looms over smooth literature and idea; in response to Gottfried Benn, "everything my new release mentioned, concept via innerly; you can actually say: suffered; or you can even say: took to the purpose of exhaustion -- it all had already been acknowledged . . . by way of Nietzsche; all of the leisure used to be simply exegesis." Nietzsche's effect on highbrow existence at the present time is arguably as nice; witness a few of the societies, journals, and internet sites and the regular circulate of papers, collections, and monographs.

This spouse bargains new essays from the simplest Nietzsche students, emphasizing the interrelatedness of his existence and concept, eschewing a superficial biographical approach yet taking heavily his declare that groovy philosophy is "the self-confession of its writer and a type of accidental and unremarked memoir." each one essay examines an immense paintings via Nietzsche; jointly, they give a sophisticated advent for college students of German reviews, philosophy, and comparative literature in addition to for the lay reader.

Re-establishing the hyperlinks among Nietzsche's philosophical texts and their biographical historical past, the amount signals Nietzsche students and highbrow historians to the interior improvement of his idea and the classy development of his id as a thinker.

Contributors:
Ruth Abbey, Keith Ansell-Pearson, Rebecca Bamford, Paul Bishop, Thomas H. Brobjer, Daniel W. Conway, Adrian Del Caro, Carol Diethe, Michael Allen Gillespie and Keegan F. Callanan, Laurence Lampert, Duncan huge, Martin Liebscher, Martine Prange, Alan D. Schrift.

Paul Bishop is Professor of German on the college of Glasgow.

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BROBJER were presented as “lectures” at the Germania, to his two friends Wilhelm Pinder and Gustav Krug. Both essays are of great interest and contain much that foreshadows Nietzsche’s future philosophy, including his break with Christianity: An endless confusion of thought in the people is the bleak result. There will be great revolutions once the masses finally realize that the totality of Christianity is grounded in presuppositions; the existence of God, immortality, Biblical authority, inspiration and other doctrines will always remain problems.

The question whether mankind hasn’t been deceived for two thousand years by a phantom. [Eine unendliche Gedankenverwirrung im Volke ist das trostlose Resultat; es stehen noch große Umwälzungen bevor, wenn die Menge erst begriffen hat, daß das ganze Christenthum sich auf Annahmen gründet; die Existenz Gottes, Unsterblichkeit, Bibelautorität, Inspiration u. anderes werden immer Probleme bleiben. Ich habe alles zu leugnen versucht: o, niederreißen ist leicht, aber aufbauen! [. ] der Zweifel, ob nicht zweitausend Jahre schon die Menschheit durch ein Trugbild irre geleitet.

Much of the lecture deals with the methods and goals of classical philology, and how this relates to our understanding of Homer today. A prominent theme is Nietzsche’s discussion of the dualism between art and scholarship, between an aesthetic and a historic understanding of antiquity and of Homer. Like Friedrich August Wolf (a classical scholar who influenced Barthold Georg Niebuhr and Leopold von Ranke and, together with them, was the father of the new historical approach and methods), to whom he approvingly refers, Nietzsche affirms both the ideal and Bildung associated with art and the newly discovered truths and methods of scholarship.

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