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Friedrich Nietzsche - H. L. Mencken

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The decisive influence of Friedrich Nietzsche on H.L. Mencken is readily acknowledged in the vast literature on the great American journalist and social critic. However, Mencken's 1908 study of the philosopher has been relegated to footnote status by Mencken's critics and biographers and has been largely ignored by Nietzsche scholars. There are good reasons for reversing this judgment. Mencken's work was one of the first comprehensive and sympathetic treatments of Nietzsche's thought in the English language. It is a provocative engagement with the German philosopher's complex and elusive ideas, enhanced by a style that reverberates with a verve and dynamism approaching Nietzsche's own.

Mencken presents a view of Nietzsche that elucidates the latter's complex and contentious form of the "gospel of individualism" while evincing a keen appreciation of his unrivalled capacity for critical analysis. The historical scope of Nietzsche's thought is fully evident in Mencken's analysis as is its application to modern societies and politics. In tracing the biographical and intellectual impetus for Nietzsche's relentless attacks on conventional moralities and established modes of thought, Mencken discerned both an ideal and a method for grappling with social and cultural issues that remain salient in our own time.

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
Preface
Nietzsche The Man
Boyhood and Youthp. 3
The Beginnings of the Philosopherp. 16
Blazing a New Pathp. 27
The Prophet of the Supermanp. 40
The Philosopher and the Manp. 50
Nietzsche The Philosopher
Dionysus vs. Apollop. 63
The Origin of Moralityp. 74
Beyond Good and Evilp. 88
The Supermanp. 100
Eternal Recurrencep. 117
Christianityp. 126
Truthp. 147
Civilizationp. 162
Women and Marriagep. 174
Governmentp. 192
Crime and Punishmentp. 208
Educationp. 216
Sundry Ideasp. 226
Nietzsche vs. Wagnerp. 242
Nietzsche The Prophet
Nietzsche's Originsp. 255
Nietzsche and His Criticsp. 268
How to Study Nietzschep. 290
Indexp. 297
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ISBN: 9781560006497
ISBN-10: 1560006498
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 351
Published: 30th January 1993
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41