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By Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen

ISBN-10: 022600676X

ISBN-13: 9780226006765

ISBN-10: 0226705811

ISBN-13: 9780226705811

If you have been trying to find a thinker prone to entice americans, Friedrich Nietzsche will be faraway from your first selection. finally, in his blazing occupation, Nietzsche took goal at approximately all of the foundations of contemporary 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 proposal 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 rules first burst on American beaches on the flip of the 20 th century, and the way they endured  alternately to invigorate and to surprise american citizens for the century to come back. 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 thought from Nietzsche’s claims for the loss of life of God, his problem to common fact, and his insistence at the interpretive nature of all human notion and ideology. even as, 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 in a position to inspiring either young children and students alike.

A  penetrating exam of a strong yet little-explored undercurrent of twentieth-century American concept and tradition, American Nietzsche dramatically recasts our realizing of yank highbrow life—and places Nietzsche squarely at its heart.

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