Pious Nietzsche: Decadence and Dionysian Faith by Bruce Ellis BensonPious Nietzsche: Decadence and Dionysian Faith by Bruce Ellis Benson

Pious Nietzsche: Decadence and Dionysian Faith

byBruce Ellis Benson

Paperback | December 17, 2007

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Bruce Ellis Benson puts forward the surprising idea that Nietzsche was never a godless nihilist, but was instead deeply religious. But how does Nietzsche affirm life and faith in the midst of decadence and decay? Benson looks carefully at Nietzsche's life history and views of three decadents, Socrates, Wagner, and Paul, to come to grips with his pietistic turn. Key to this understanding is Benson's interpretation of the powerful effect that Nietzsche thinks music has on the human spirit. Benson claims that Nietzsche's improvisations at the piano were emblematic of the Dionysian or frenzied, ecstatic state he sought, but was ultimately unable to achieve, before he descended into madness. For its insights into questions of faith, decadence, and transcendence, this book is an important contribution to Nietzsche studies, philosophy, and religion.

Bruce Ellis Benson is Associate Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Wheaton College, Illinois. He is author of Graven Ideologies: Nietzsche, Derrida, and Marion on Modern Idolatry and The Improvisation of Musical Dialogue: A Phenomenology of Music. He is co-editor (with Kevin Vanhoozer and James K. A. Smith) of Hermeneu...
Title:Pious Nietzsche: Decadence and Dionysian FaithFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.77 inPublished:December 17, 2007Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface: Reading Nietzsche
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Improvising Pietism
Part 1. From Christian Pietism to Dionysian Pietism
1. The Prayers and Tears of Young Fritz
2. The Euthanasia of Christianity
3. The Piety of Zarathustra
Part 2. Profiles in Decadence
4. Nietzsche's Decadence
5. Socrates' Fate
6. Wagner's Redemption
7. Paul's Revenge
Part 3. Nietzsche's New Pietism
8. Deconstructing the Redeemer
9. Nietzsche's Musical Askêsis
10. We, Too, Are Still Pious
Works Cited

Editorial Reviews

"[P]roposes a new interpretation of Nietzsche's 'piety' in terms of a Dionysian, life-affirming rhythm." -Daniel Conway, Texas A&M University