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By Paul A. Swift

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Becoming Nietzsche is a vital e-book for realizing Nietzsche's philosophical family tree from 1866 to 1868, a section that's punctuated via the impression of Friedrich Lange and a shocking rejection of Schopenhauer's concept of the desire. in this section, Nietzsche specializes in the clinical and inventive prestige of teleological judgments and their relevance for puzzling over natural existence and illustration. Paul A. rapid deftly connects Nietzsche's philology with the advance of his concept of human realizing via offering scholarly research and brief unique translations of Nietzsche's early paintings on Democritus, Schopenhauer, and Kant. a primary of its variety learn appropriate for Nietzsche experts, historians of philosophy, and rookies who've wide pursuits within the humanities, Becoming Nietzsche investigates how Democritus's rejection of teleology and Kant's research of reflective judgment without delay prompted Nietzsche's aesthetic perspectivism within the 1860s.

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Elizabeth Förster-Nietzsche. Young Nietzsche. translated by Anthony Ludovici (London: William Heinemann, 1912). 3. This is not to suggest that there are not earlier philosophical themes upon which Nietzsche reflected and wrote. Rather, these early philosophical reflections indicate that Nietzsche’s approach to the history of philosophy was infused with a new rigor during this phase, a rigor which evidences the deep influence of Lange. 4. Carl Jung. Modern Man in Search of a Soul (New York: Harcourt Brace, 1955).

How have the many hands of later transcribers contributed to the image of Democritus that survives today? 24 This is an especially interesting time in Nietzsche’s development, for the conflict between “this-worldly philosophy” and “otherworldly philosophy” captured Nietzsche’s imagination during this early phase. Exploration into Nietzsche’s reflections on Democritus reveals that the antipathy to Plato can be traced even further back into his philological writings, where he already began to formulate a theory of revenge as an underlying motive that drives Socratic optimism.

In short, how did Nietzsche become what he is? Nietzsche writes philosophy as a type of art that presents a poetic view of the world, one that even interprets epistemology as rooted in a deeper aesthetic. If we are to take Nietzsche seriously as a creative artist, the concern of modern aesthetics to clarify the nature of creativity seems difficult to ignore. In order to shed light on the problem of Nietzsche’s creativity, there seem to be some obvious starting points for inquiry: what was Nietzsche reading?

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