By Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen
"If you have been searching for a thinker prone to attract americans, Friedrich Nietzsche will be faraway from your first selection. in the end, in his blazing occupation, Nietzsche took target at approximately the entire foundations of recent 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 surprisingly influential--figure in American proposal and tradition. 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 indicates how Nietzsche's rules first burst on American shorelines on the flip of the 20th century, and the way they endured alternately to invigorate and to surprise american citizens for the century to return. She additionally delineates the wider highbrow and cultural contexts during which a big selection 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 notion from Nietzsche's claims for the demise of God, his problem to common fact, and his insistence at the interpretive nature of all human inspiration and ideology. whilst, she explores how his picture as an iconoclastic immoralist used to be placed to paintings in American pop culture, making Nietzsche an not going posthumous star able to inspiring either kids 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 knowing of yankee highbrow life--and places Nietzsche squarely at its heart"--Provided via publisher. Read more...
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Though they had grown up in a world still confident in universals, Nietzsche's "genealogy of morals" caused them to question the value of their values. In his concept of the "fibermensch," Americans found a convenient vehicle to assess the forces confronting the individual in an age of growing dislocation and anonymity associated with mass politics and mass markets. In his tragic biography they discovered a cautionary tale about the perilous course of the great man in the democratic era and the soul of man under secularism.
38 In Nietzsche, Tucker recognized a fellow philosopher who understood freedom as a state of mind, as well as the power of the mind when freed from the state. Tucker insisted that anarchism was perfectly consistent with American ideals of freedom, and should be familiar to any "unterrified Jeffersonian Democrats" who understood that the only government which governed by the consent of the governed was no government at all. 39 If the ideals of Tucker's individualist anarchism were American, Nietzsche's presence in Liberty's pages nevertheless suggested that its best theorists and spokespeople were European.
Clearly flattered by the attention of a major critic, Nietzsche replied in a letter to Brandes a month later 32 THE MAKING OF THE AMERICAN NIETZSCHE that he, too, didn't always know where his thinking would take him, but he did know it would open up a new moral universe for himself and his readers. "Just how far this mode of thought has brought me, how far it will still carry me-I almost dread to imagine. "12 And so it was in 1888 that Nietzsche's philosophy began its march toward international fame.