Nietzsche and Ree: A Star Friendship by Robin Small

Nietzsche and Ree: A Star Friendship

byRobin Small

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During years of close friendship, Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) and Paul Ree (1849-1901) shared ideas and developed a new and original approach to philosophy and ethics. The course of their partnership, from its origins in shared hopes to its ending in a painful breakdown of personalrelations, is the subject of this book. The full story has not been told before. Some of its biographical aspects - especially the three-sided relationship involving the young Lou Salome which had severe emotional consequences for Nietzsche - have been known. Yet many personal details are presented here for the first time. Thephilosophical account is equally absorbing, showing how this collaboration was a crucial stage on Nietzsche's way toward his most original and radical contributions to philosophy. 'Reealism' was the label Nietzsche gave to Ree's naturalistic doctrine, which drew on the evolutionary theory of natural selection to explain the moral concepts of good, evil, conscience and justice. Just as importantly, Ree wrote in a cool, highly disciplined style, very different from most Germanwriters of the time. Both aspects of his work made a strong impact on Nietzsche, who developed this project in his own way in a series of works starting with Human, All-Too-Human. Yet he eventually came to criticise and reject 'Reealism' as inadequate to the task of a revaluation of values, andreplaced the 'historical approach' with his own genealogy of morality. In a strikingly poetic passage in iThe Gay Science/i, Nietzsche describes a 'star friendship': the brief meeting of two stars whose paths cross and then diverge forever, perhaps as part of some pattern beyond their knowledge. This book gives the 'star friendship' of Nietzsche and Ree the treatmentit has always needed. In doing so, it brings to light fresh aspects of one of the most important of modern thinkers.

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Robin Small is at the University of Auckland.
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Title:Nietzsche and Ree: A Star FriendshipFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.59 inPublished:July 1, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart One: A Philosophical Friendship1. Beginning of a friendship2. The philosophical friendship3. Aspects of a friendship4. Nietzsche's new direction5. From altruism to morality6. Freedom, character, and punishmentPart Two: The Fall of Reealism7. Nietzsche's retreat from Reealism8. End of a friendship9. The aftermath10. Egoism rehabilitated11. Darwinism rejected12. The later interpretationsAppendix: Nietzsche's aphoristic bookBibliography

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