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Nietzsche - Life as Literature (Paper)

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Argues that Nietzsche tried to create a specific literary character in his writings and discusses the paradoxes of his work.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 1st 1990 by Harvard University Press (first published 1985)
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William West
This has become one of the most respected and referenced interpretive works on Nietzsche and I can see why. It was first published in 1985, and Nehamas does a fine job of seeing past the competing extremes of Nietzsche interpretation to arrive at a mature, thoughtful portrayal that takes the best aspects from various modes of Nietzsche scholarship. Nehamas's Nietzsche is neither the “secular-humanist in disguise” that an existentialist like Walter Kaufman would present us with, nor is he the “ex ...more
Thomas Dineen
Jun 16, 2009 rated it did not like it
Can anyone who concludes a scholarly work about Nietzsche by dismissing him as a "miserable little man" really be trusted to give a balanced assessment of the great philosopher? No, Alexander Nehamas can't.

To him, Nietzsche was "[c:]ruel and heartless, neither protective nor respectful of the sensibilities of others." The pathetic curmudgeon was "[d:]isdainful and contemptuous of the values and lives of most people....[and:] has offended and hurt many and will doubtless continue to do so in the
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مسعود حسینی
Nov 17, 2014 rated it liked it
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نهاماس بر آن است که دو دسته پارادوکس در آثار نیچه وجود دارد؛ دستة نخست در آثار وی مندرج است و به طور مثال دیدگاههای او در باب خواست قدرت، بازگشت جاودان و سرشت «خود» را در برمیگیرد. اما دستة دوم شامل پارادوکسهایی است که برآمده از آثار اوست، یعنی محصول آنهاست، و پارادوکس نخست را نیز دربرمیگیرد. پارادوکس دوم ناظر است به چشماندازگرایی نیچه که نشان میدهد تمایز میان محتوای آثار نیچه و محصول آنها جز تمایزی عجالی نیست. زیرا طبق این رأی، هر دیدگاه (view)ی نوعی تفسیر (interpretation) است. اما اگر خود این ...more
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Adam
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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This is the best book I've ever read on Nietzsche. Nehamas' explication of Nietzsche's thinking is clear and thoughtful, and helps to make sense of one of the modern era's most important, but least systematic, thinkers -- a thinker who has been unfairly accused of all sorts of misanthropy and dangerous ideas. As someone interested in Rorty's neo-pragmatist approach, I found the discussion of Nietzsche's perspectivism particularly compelling. Nehamas' central argument that Nietzsche views the wor ...more
Will
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful introduction to Nietzsche and a rewarding read for those already in the know. Nehamas is one of those writers who can cram every sentence full without slowing you down. Highly recommended.
Andy Arnold
Aug 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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A different interpretation of Nietzsche and one not without its critics. But, I found it compelling and inspiring. Highly recommend this book to students of philosophy and readers of Nietzsche. Read twice, and I almost never read a book twice.
Daniel
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
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I wasn't impressed. I just couldn't by his thesis.
Matt
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Fascinating, leaves me with a lot to think about. What more can one ask from a book than that?
Sakala
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Alexander Nehamas (Greek: Αλέξανδρος Νεχαμάς; born 1946) is Professor of philosophy and Edmund N. Carpenter, II Class of 1943 Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He works on Greek philosophy, aesthetics, Nietzsche, Foucault, and literary theory.

He was born in Athens, Greece in 1946. In 1964, he enrolled to Swarthmore Coll
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“Nicias, a famous general and Socrates' friend, warns the company: I don't think you know what it is like to get involved in a discussion with Socrates. Whatever the subject you begin with, he will continue to press the argument and he will not stop until until he has made you give a general account of yourself. You will have to account not only for your present mode of life, but also for everything you have done in the past. And even when he has made you do all of this, Socrates will not let you go until he has examined each question deeply and thoroughly.” 0 likes
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