The Making of Friedrich Nietzsche

The Quest for Identity, 1844-1869

The Making of Friedrich Nietzsche

How did Nietzsche the philosopher come into being? The Nietzsche known today did not develop 'naturally', through the gradual maturation of some inborn character. Les mer
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The Making of Friedrich Nietzsche

How did Nietzsche the philosopher come into being? The Nietzsche known today did not develop 'naturally', through the gradual maturation of some inborn character. Instead, from an early age he engaged in a self-conscious campaign to follow his own guidance, thereby cultivating the critical capacities and personal vision which figure in his books. As a result, his published works are steeped in values that he discovered long before he mobilised their results. Indeed, one could argue that the first work which he authored was not a book at all, but his own persona. Based on scholarship previously available only in German, this book examines Nietzsche's unstable childhood, his determination to advance through self-formation, and the ways in which his environment, notably the Prussian education system, alternately influenced and impeded his efforts to find his own way. It will be essential reading for all who are interested in Nietzsche.

Texts and citations; Introduction; 1. The legacy; 2. Half an orphan; 3. The discovery of writing; 4. The discovery of self; 5. Soul-building: the theory; 6. The turn to naturalism; 7. The underworld of Pforta; 8. The lottery; 9. Soul-building: the practice; 10. The fourth cycle; 11. 'The end of the first act'; 12. An education in mistrust; 13. 'Become what you are'; 14. The gift horse; Afterword: the autobiographer; Bibliography; Index.

Radically reconceives Friedrich Nietzsche's early life, offering an alternative approach and new insights into the early development of Nietzsche's philosophy.

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