Download PDF by Rüdiger Safranski: Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography

By Rüdiger Safranski

This ebook isn't a conventional philosopher's biography providing a good stability of existence and idea, yet fairly a wealthy interpretation of Nietzsche's philosophy because it developed in the course of his existence, with a coda tracing his impression after his dying. Biographical info are sparing: neither Nietzsche's beginning nor dying is defined, and there are few juicy bits approximately his ardour for Lou Salomé. lots of the e-book is a analyzing of Nietzsche's constructing rules, starting together with his autobiographical sketches in highschool and carrying on with chronologically from his early attachment to Schopenhauer via his hopes for and unhappiness in Wagner's tune drama, such nice achievements as break of day and hence Spoke Zarathustra, and his final works ahead of his descent into insanity. to shut, there's a bankruptcy at the other ways Nietzsche stimulated 20th-century artists, the Nazis, Heidegger, Foucault, Rorty and others. all through, yes topics recur, elucidated sympathetically yet with "ironic reserve," together with the demise of God, the divided self, the need to strength, everlasting recurrence, philosophy as artwork and fact as energy play. Safranski (Heidegger: among reliable and Evil), in transparent English from Rutgers collage Germanist Frisch, brings out contradictions and tensions in Nietzsche's idea with out brushing aside him; to the contrary, Safranski sees Nietzsche as a philosopher "who equipped his gardens of conception in this kind of approach that any one searching for their primary arguments might nearly unavoidably fall flat on his face," yet who leads one to come profitably to "[o]ne's personal thinking." the writer bargains no precis conclusions, who prefer to depart Nietzsche's philosophical biography open, as "a tale with no an end." Safranski has made a helpful contribution to that tale, notwithstanding it is going to be of curiosity mostly to these with an curiosity in enticing the paintings without delay.

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Wagner made a quick assessment of Nietzsche's abilities and noted some good qualities that he supposed would come in handy for his own purposes. " Wagner went on to maintain that he was grappling with philosophy but had little to show for his efforts. Philology, by contrast, was as important to Wagner as music to Nietzsche. The two could complement each other perfecdy. Nietzsche should remain a philologist and "conduct" him, and the philologist in turn could be guided and inspired by the musician.

From the moment he held the writings of Schopenhauer in his hands, philosophy, rather than philology, became the force that pulled him away on these paths. In October 1865, Nietzsche discovered the two volumes of The World as Will and Representation in a secondhand bookshop in Leipzig. He purchased them on the spot and perused them as soon as he got home. As he reported in one of his autobiographies, he was walking on air. He read in Schopenhauer that the world construed by reason, historical meaning, and morality is not the actual world.

It isfinallytime, he contended, to stop poking through the "coffer" of tradition; "we must stop rehashing" ( / 3,337). Philology should recognize that its stock of truly interesting objects will be exhausted, and that thetimehas come to forge something new and forward-looking from the old by means of a few "great thoughts: the best thing that can be accomplished is a deliberate poetic re-creation of minds, events, characters" (J3,336). Nietzsche had not yet reached the point where he could regard himself as a genius.

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