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Hiking with Nietzsche : Becoming Who You Are - John Kaag

Hiking with Nietzsche

Becoming Who You Are

By: John Kaag

Hardcover Published: 7th March 2019
ISBN: 9781783784943
Number Of Pages: 272

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A revelatory Alpine journey in the spirit of the great Romantic thinker Friedrich Nietzsche.

Hiking with Nietzsche: Becoming Who You Are is a tale of two philosophical journeys - one made by John Kaag as an introspective young man of nineteen, the other seventeen years later, in radically different circumstances: he is now a husband and father, and his wife and small child are in tow. Kaag sets off for the Swiss peaks above Sils Maria where Nietzsche wrote his landmark work Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Both of Kaag's journeys are made in search of the wisdom at the core of Nietzsche's philosophy, yet they deliver him to radically different interpretations and, more crucially, revelations about the human condition.

Just as Kaag's acclaimed debut, American Philosophy: A Love Story, seamlessly wove together his philosophical discoveries with his search for meaning, Hiking with Nietzsche is a fascinating exploration not only of Nietzsche's ideals but of how his experience of living relates to us as individuals in the twenty-first century.

Bold, intimate, and rich with insight, Hiking with Nietzsche is about defeating complacency, balancing sanity and madness, and coming to grips with the unobtainable. As Kaag hikes, alone or with his family, but always with Nietzsche, he recognizes that even slipping can be instructive. It is in the process of climbing, and through the inevitable missteps, that one has the chance, in Nietzsche's words, to 'become who you are'.

About the Author

John Kaag is a professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He is the author of American Philosophy: A Love Story, which was an NPR Best Book of 2016 and a New York Times Editors’ Choice. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, and many other publications. He lives near Boston with his wife and daughter.

ISBN: 9781783784943
ISBN-10: 1783784946
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 7th March 2019
Publisher: Granta Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.5  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.43

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