American Nietzsche: A History of an Icon and His Ideas by Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen

By Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen

If you have been trying to find a thinker prone to entice american citizens, Friedrich Nietzsche will be faraway from your first selection. in the end, in his blazing occupation, Nietzsche took goal at approximately all of the foundations of recent American existence: Christian morality, the Enlightenment religion in cause, and the assumption of human equality. regardless of that, for greater than a century Nietzsche has been a highly popular—and strangely influential—figure in American concept and culture.

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 seashores on the flip of the 20th century, and the way they persevered  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 wide range 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 demise of God, his problem to common fact, and his insistence at the interpretive nature of all human idea and ideology. even as, she explores how his snapshot as an iconoclastic immoralist used to be positioned to paintings in American pop culture, making Nietzsche an not likely posthumous big name able to inspiring either young children and students alike.

A  penetrating exam of a strong yet little-explored undercurrent of twentieth-century American idea and tradition, American Nietzsche dramatically recasts our realizing of yankee highbrow life—and places Nietzsche squarely at its heart.

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