By Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen
If you have been trying to find a thinker more likely to attract americans, Friedrich Nietzsche will be faraway from your first selection. finally, in his blazing occupation, Nietzsche took objective at approximately the entire foundations of contemporary American lifestyles: 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 strangely influential—figure in American inspiration 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 allure. starting her account with Ralph Waldo Emerson, whom the seventeen-year-old Nietzsche learn fervently, she exhibits how Nietzsche’s rules first burst on American seashores on the flip of the 20th century, and the way they persisted alternately to invigorate and to surprise american citizens for the century to return. She additionally delineates the wider highbrow and cultural contexts in 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 notion from Nietzsche’s claims for the dying of God, his problem to common fact, and his insistence at the interpretive nature of all human proposal and ideology. while, she explores how his picture as an iconoclastic immoralist was once positioned to paintings in American pop culture, making Nietzsche an not likely posthumous famous person in a position to inspiring either little ones and students alike.
A penetrating exam of a robust yet little-explored undercurrent of twentieth-century American inspiration and tradition, American Nietzsche dramatically recasts our figuring out of yankee highbrow life—and places Nietzsche squarely at its heart.