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"If you have been searching for a thinker prone to entice americans, Friedrich Nietzsche will be faraway from your first selection. in any case, in his blazing occupation, Nietzsche took target at approximately all of the 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 surprisingly influential--figure in American proposal 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 attraction. 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 americans 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 suggestion and ideology. while, she explores how his photo as an iconoclastic immoralist was once placed to paintings in American pop culture, making Nietzsche an not likely posthumous superstar able to inspiring either childrens 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 via publisher. Read more...
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Intrigued by what he had found, Urban purchased the book, took it home with him, and read it voraciously through the night. " As the bright morning sun began to filter into his room, the "curious" mixture of terror and delight that marked his all-night 29 CHAPTER ONE vigil with Nietzsche lingered. Though still enlivened and bewildered by what he had read, though his mind continued to race with new ideas, one thing was certain: Urban knew immediately that he had encountered a thinker who would forever change his view of himself and his world.
45 Mencken considered Huneker not only America's "official" ambassador for European philosophy and aesthetics but also, more significantly, the "first [in America] to sense the true stature of Nietzsche. "46 Over the course of his three-decade-plus engagement with Nietzsche's philosophy, Huneker promoted a thinker who stripped himself of"all metaphysical baggage" and "dared to be naked" of every vestige of speculative thought. 47 He described him as a titanic naysayer who decried the entire fund of nineteenth-century morality-from Christian sentimentalism to secular humanism, scientific socialism, and democratic idealism-as confessions of a Western civilization in precipitous decline.
But these would only have confirmed that what Urban experienced as his moral awakening that night in Jena was intimately personal, generational, and yet broadly cultural. Urban, like so many others after him, came to mark his own intellectual development according to that first contact with Nietzsche. For him it was an event, which marked nothing less than the beginning of his "self-conscious purposive thinking. "21 He, like Nietzsche himself, wasn't sure where it was going to lead him, but he was certain where it would lead him from.