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Reading Nietzsche rhetorically
Thomas, Douglas, 1966-
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New York : Guilford Press, [1999]

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x, 198 pages ; 24 cm.
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Central Library B3318.L25 T46 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Friedrich Nietzsche is among the most controversial and broadly interpreted figures in the history of contemporary theory. His work is remarkable for the manner in which it resists and disrupts the Western philosophical tradition, illuminating the ways that language creates, defines, and deforms our perspective of being in the world. Focusing on Nietzsche's masterful use of diverse rhetorical strategies and techniques, this book shows how coming to terms with Nietzsche's style is central to understanding his thought. What Nietzsche demands of his readers, Thomas proposes, is an interaction with his texts that goes beyond any surface level of meaning to the level of feeling, mood, and emotion. Examining a range of Nietzsche's writings, and culminating in a reading of THE BIRTH OF TRAGEDY, the book explores how Nietzsche's provocative and playful use of language enables him not only to challenge accepted metaphysical truths, but also to reinvigorate rhetoric itself as an alternative means of generating meaning and value.

Author Notes

Douglas Thomas, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California, where he teaches courses in Contemporary Critical Theory and Cultural Studies of Technology

Table of Contents

1 Nietzsche, Rhetoric, and Interpretation
2 Rhetoric and/as the History of Danger: Nietzsche, Plato, and the Critique of Representation
3 The Rhetoric of Vision: Nietzsche, Plato, and the Danger of Seeing
4 Style
Conclusions: Economies of Style and the Operation of Language

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