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Nietzsche and Modern Times: A Study of Bacon, Descartes, and Nietzsche

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This major work by Laurence Lampert provides a new interpretation of modern philosophy by developing Nietzsche's view that genuine philosophers set out to determine the direction of culture through their ideas and that they conceal the radical nature of their thought by their esoteric style. From this Nietzschean perspective, Francis Bacon and René Descartes can be conside ...more
Paperback, 490 pages
Published August 30th 1995 by Yale University Press (first published May 26th 1993)
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Maybe this is just jealousy of his skill in close reading speaking, but I have a very strong feeling that Lampert might be over-reading: Descartes and Nietzsche may very well be not that self-aware of what they have written. Otherwise Nietzsche would have not gone crazy: that level of lucidity that Lampert assumed (which is the basis of all of his close-reading) would be sufficient for him to maintain a balanced psychological structure. This is the beauty: they might not mean it when they are at ...more
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Excellent. Lamperts first book. It treats Bacon and Descartes as Esoteric writers whose interventions led to the necessity of Nietzsche's intervention. Unfortunately, this work has been almost entirely overlooked by students of early modern philosophy.
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More Descartes. This is a library book. I've coveted it for awhile. No expenditures, here.
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Laurence Lampert is a leading scholar in Nietzsche studies. He received both his master's and doctorate degrees from Northwestern University (in 1968 and 1971).

He taught at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis for over thirty years and is now a professor emeritus there.

An informative interview with Laurence Lampert, conducted by the Nietzsche Circle, can be found here (pdf).
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