By Keith Ansell-Pearson
It is a vigorous and interesting advent to the contentious subject of Nietzsche's politics, tracing the improvement of his pondering and confronting at once his appropriation by means of the Nazis. the most important principles of the desire to energy, everlasting go back and the overman are mentioned and all Nietzsche's significant works analyzed intimately. This textbook can be crucial for all scholars of Nietzsche and of the heritage of political principles. It contains a chronology of Nietzsche's existence and works, and a consultant to extra examining.
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One can seriously damage one's health in the process. It is also easy to misinterpret him and to read him out of context. Nietzsche laid particular emphasis on his view of the world that there are no 'facts in themselves', but 'only' interpretations of so-called facts (BGE 108). What I hope to achieve with this introduction is to 22 The question of Nietzsche give readers a desire to cultivate within themselves the 'art of interpretation' (in order to decipher not only the meaning of Nietzsche's life, but that of their own also), and to produce an interpretation of Nietzsche that is both instructive and provocative, one which is able to comprehend the weight of his challenge.
His main concern in the 1870s was to use the new political climate as the occasion to demand a rebirth of tragic culture and pessimism, inspired by the philosophy of Schopenhauer and the music of Wagner, which he believed would give a new depth to the classical ideals of German education and culture. The Nietzsche of the 1880s is a very different figure from the youthful one of the 1860s and 1870s. 6 Nietzsche now saw the German Reich of Bismarck as a state which prided itself on its philistinism, advancing its power-politics through racist, statist, and nationalist policies.
8 A number of his contemporaries read him as a multi-faceted figure who had no sympathy for the postures of political radicalism or socialism, but who, at the same time, was no friend of German nationalism and statism. His atheism also served to alienate him from German conservatism. Nietzsche's position was thus complex and explains why his writings could be of such interest and value to a wide range of people. As the German historian Ernst Nolte argues, the name of Nietzsche at this time represented a 'battlefield' (Schlachtfeld).