American Nietzsche : a history of an icon and his ideas by Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen

By Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen

"If you have been searching for a thinker more likely to attract american citizens, Friedrich Nietzsche will be faraway from your first selection. in the end, in his blazing profession, Nietzsche took target at approximately all of the foundations of recent American existence: Christian morality, the Enlightenment religion in cause, and the belief of human equality. regardless of that, for greater than a century Nietzsche has been a highly popular--and surprisingly Read more...


should you have been trying to find a thinker prone to attract american citizens, Friedrich Nietzsche will be faraway from your first selection. the writer delves deeply into Nietzsche's philosophy, and America's Read more...

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As Nietzsche's fame grew in Europe during the early 189os, these radical writers broke the story in their publications. Though small in numbers, they were instrumental in bringing avant-garde European intellectual and cultural movements to America, and the first to incorporate Nietzsche's philosophy into their campaigns to promote "advanced"thought at home. So it was in Robert Reitzel's radical weekly newspaper Der Arme 35 CHAPTER ONE Teufel(The Poor Devil) that Emma Goldman first learned ofNietzsche.

His Nietzsche knew no national home precisely because he recognized the transitory nature of all states of belonging. He quoted Nietzsche from Human, A!! "Likewise both fought the "dead level of mediocrity," the hollow Christian and egalitarian chants of the age, which threaten, in Emerson's words, to "melt the world into a lump. "Though Schumm made no claim for influence, he noted the strong affinity between the two authors, thus observing that if America could produce an Emerson, so too might she have ears to hear his insights repeated by Nietzsche.

Following Nietzsche's lead, Urban began not only to excavate the tangled trajectory of Western moral thought but also to rethink the standard against which he would judge all claims to universal truth. As Urban noted, "The problem widened out for me, as it did for Nietzsche himself ... " Over the course of the night, Urban had discovered in Nietzsche the "enfant terrible of modernism," a thinker who was "not only the most incisive intellect of our time, but [also] the epitome of ... " 6 As Urban felt himself inexorably drawn into the dawn of a new moral era, the philosopher who made that possible was sinking deeper into his twilight.

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