By Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen
If you have been trying to find a thinker prone to attract american citizens, Friedrich Nietzsche will be faraway from your first selection. in any case, in his blazing occupation, Nietzsche took goal at approximately all of the foundations of contemporary 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 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 principles first burst on American shorelines on the flip of the 20th century, and the way they endured 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 thought from Nietzsche’s claims for the loss of life of God, his problem to common fact, and his insistence at the interpretive nature of all human proposal and ideology. even as, she explores how his photo as an iconoclastic immoralist used to be placed to paintings in American pop culture, making Nietzsche an not going posthumous big name in a position to inspiring either children and students alike.
A penetrating exam of a strong yet little-explored undercurrent of twentieth-century American notion and tradition, American Nietzsche dramatically recasts our figuring out of yankee highbrow life—and places Nietzsche squarely at its heart.