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Nietzsche: A Very Short Introduction

Michael Tanner

Publication Date - February 2001

ISBN: 9780192854148

120 pages
Paperback

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $11.95

A concise introduction to the life and work of philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche

Description

With his well-known idiosyncrasies and aphoristic style, Friedrich Nietzsche is always bracing and provocative, and temptingly easy to dip into. Michael Tanner's introduction to the philosopher's life and work examines the numerous ambiguities inherent in his writings and explodes many of the misconceptions that have grown in the hundred years since Nietzsche wrote "do not, above all, confound me with what I am not!"

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

Features

  • Offers an engaging introduction to Friedrich Nietzsche, his writing, as well as his well-known idiosyncrasies and aphoristic style
  • Examines the numerous ambiguities inherent in his writings and explodes many of the misconceptions that have grown in the hundred years since Nietzsche wrote "do not, above all, confound me with what I am not!"

About the Author(s)

Michael Tanner is Fellow and University Lecturer in Philosophy at Corpus Christi College.

Reviews

"...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

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