Nietzsche: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | October 1, 2000

byMichael Tanner

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The philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) was almost wholly neglected during his sane life, which came to an abrupt end in 1889. Since then he has been appropriated as an icon by an astonishingly diverse spectrum of people, whose interpretations of his thought range from the highlyirrational to the firmly analytical. Thus Spoke Zarathustra introduced the 'superman' and The Twilight of the Idols developed the 'Will to Power' concept; these term, together with 'Sklavenmoral' and 'Herrenmoral', became confused with the rise of nationalism in Germany. Idiosyncratic and aphoristic, Nietzsche is always bracing and provocative, and temptingly easy to dip into. Michael Tanner's readable introduction to the philosopher's life and work examines the numerous ambiguities inherent in his writings. It also explodes the many misconceptions fostered in thehundred years since Nietzsche wrote, prophetically: 'Do not, above all, confound me with what I am not!'

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The philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) was almost wholly neglected during his sane life, which came to an abrupt end in 1889. Since then he has been appropriated as an icon by an astonishingly diverse spectrum of people, whose interpretations of his thought range from the highlyirrational to the firmly analytical. Thus Spo...

Michael Tanner is a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and a University Lecturer in Philosophy. He is author of Wagner (Fontana, 1995).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.31 inPublished:October 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192854143

ISBN - 13:9780192854148

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Table of Contents

The image of Nietzsche; Tragedy: birth, death, rebirth; Disillusionment and withdrawal; Morality and its discontents; The one thing needful; Prophecy; Occupying the high ground; Masters and slaves; Philosophizing with a hammer; Abbreviations; Further Reading; Index

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.,."I find Tanner's book enormously useful for introducing Nietzsche philosophically.... Tanner manages to be succinct without being boring or pedantic.... I think his succinct and highly critical readings encourage genuine philosophical grappling with our modern self-proclaimed Dionysus, who after all needs to be treated as a philosopher, not an idol or a god."--Teaching Philosophy "A breezy first look at Nietzsche...useful for undergraduates who need a quick and painless dose of Nietzsche's ideas."--Ethics