Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) remains one of the most challenging, influential and controversial figures in the history of philosophy. The New Cambridge Companion to Nietzsche provides a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to his most difficult ideas, including the will to power and the affirmation of life, as well as his treatment of truth, science, art and history. An accessible introduction sets out the nineteenth-century background of Nietzsche's life and work. Individual chapters are devoted to significant texts such as The Birth of Tragedy, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Beyond Good and Evil and On the Genealogy of Morality. Other chapters explore major influences such as Wagner and Schopenhauer, as well as examining Nietzsche's reception and investigating his enduring and often divisive legacy. The volume will be valuable for readers seeking to enhance their understanding of Nietzsche's philosophy and of his role in the development of Western thought.
Cambridge University Press
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Series: Cambridge Companions to Philosophy
18 April 2019
Professional and scholarly
A / AS level
Introduction: Nietzsche's life and works Tom Stern; Part I. Influences and Interlocutors: 1. What Nietzsche did and did not read Andreas Urs Sommer; 2. Nietzsche's untimely antiquity James I. Porter; 3. Schopenhauer: Nietzsche's antithesis and source of inspiration Robert Wicks; 4. Nietzsche and Wagner Mark Berry; 5. On Nietzsche's legacy Stephen Mulhall; Part II. Selected Texts: 6. The birth of tragedy: transfiguration through art Paul Raimond Daniels; 7. Zarathustra: Nietzsche's rendezvous with eternity Dirk R. Johnson; 8. Figurative philosophy in Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil Robert B. Pippin; 9. Nietzsche's on the genealogy of morality: moral injury and transformation Christa Davis Acampora; Part III. Truth, History and Science: 10. Nietzsche and the truth of history Anthony K. Jensen; 11. Nietzsche, truth, and naturalism Christian J. Emden; 12. Nietzsche on the arts and sciences Sebastian Gardner; Part IV. Will, Value and Culture: 13. The will to power Lawrence J. Hatab; 14. Nietzsche's ethics of affirmation Tom Stern; 15. Nietzsche on free will Michael N. Forster; 16. Nietzsche's Germans Raymond Geuss.
Tom Stern is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at University College London. He is the author of Philosophy and Theatre (2013), as well as of Nietzsche's Ethics, a title in the Elements: Ethics series (Cambridge, forthcoming).