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 influential--figure in American concept and tradition. In American Nietzsche, Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen delves deeply into Nietzsche's philosophy, and America's reception of it, to inform the tale of his curious charm. starting her account with Ralph Waldo Emerson, whom the seventeen-year-old Nietzsche learn fervently, she indicates how Nietzsche's rules first burst on American shorelines on the flip of the 20th century, and the way they endured alternately to invigorate and to surprise american citizens for the century to come back. She additionally delineates the wider highbrow and cultural contexts during which a big selection of commentators--academic and armchair philosophers, theologians and atheists, romantic poets and hard-nosed empiricists, and political ideologues and apostates from the Left and the Right--drew perception and proposal from Nietzsche's claims for the loss of life of God, his problem to common fact, and his insistence at the interpretive nature of all human inspiration and ideology. whilst, she explores how his photo as an iconoclastic immoralist was once placed to paintings in American pop culture, making Nietzsche an not likely posthumous star in a position to inspiring either young ones and students alike. A penetrating exam of a strong yet little-explored undercurrent of twentieth-century American proposal and tradition, American Nietzsche dramatically recasts our figuring out of yank highbrow life--and places Nietzsche squarely at its heart"--Provided by means of publisher. 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.