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Nietzsche's Teaching: An Interpretation of "Thus Spoke Zarathustra"

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The first comprehensive interpretation of Nietzsche's "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" -- an important and difficult text and the only book Nietzsche ever wrote with characters, events, setting, and a plot. Laurence Lampert's chapter-by-chapter commentary on Nietzsche's magnum opus clarifies not only "Zarathustra's" narrative structure but also the development of Nietzsche's think ...more
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Published September 10th 1989 by Yale University Press (first published March 1st 1987)
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May 26, 2015 Alex Obrigewitsch rated it liked it
A fairly thorough and useful explication of one of philosophy's greatest texts.
That being said, part of the value of Nietzsche's method in his work is the deciphering and deterritorializaiton of it, and many times I felt this book to be too much explication and not enough interpretation; or at least it took itself to be such.
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i think it 's great .... confusing a little .. yet it's great
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Excellent. "Enactment of the Nietzschean agenda in science and politics promises a new sense of the sacred, a return of Dionysos and Ariadne." Or, as Nietzsche once said, from time to time there is magic. Nietzsche, unlike our academics, recognizes that reason must be supplemented by 'magic'. Now, this 'magic' can be understood as either a cosmological or a psychological category -or both. This is one the greatest unstated difficulties in Nietzsche interpretation. That is - do we underst
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The book presents philosophical concepts of morality that are opposed to Christianity tradition. It remarks the unlimited capacities that men have, base on concepts such as superman and overman
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This reminds me of what Hubert Dreyfus did for Heidegger and Foucault.
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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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“But the discoverer of will to power and of the most spiritual will to power, the discoverer of the way of all beings and of the highest beings, finds a new responsibility given to him for ending the tyranny of malleable and immalleable nature, for willing an order that is 'true to the earth' after discovering what is unalterable. This new responsibility requires a courage quite unlike that of popular existentialism faced with grim mortality. Nietzsche's courage takes its bearings not from considerations of personal authenticity, but from concern for the future of mankind. But Nietzsche's courage is also not the courage that invents ever new ways to deconstruct what is already standing or coming to stand. […] The courage Nietzsche requires of himself is courage for a new act of ordering, a new daylight wisdom whose relation to night wisdom is not refusal or horror, a daylight wisdom that is true to the earth seen from the inside as will to power and nothing besides.” 0 likes
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