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Nietzsche's task : an interpretation of Beyond good and evil
Lampert, Laurence, 1941-
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New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, [2001]

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x, 320 pages ; 25 cm
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B3313.J43 J465 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Nietzsche's Task is a work every student of Nietzsche can read with pleasure and profit. Its many virtues include close, judicious, and patient readings of the text and illuminating discussions of major concepts such as will to power, eternal return, probity, morality, and nobility. Lampert (Indiana Univ.) also paints a portrait of Nietzsche that deserves to be better known--for example, Nietzsche as a devout defender of religion, as a passionate seeker of truth in a fertile but indifferent universe, as an apprehensive visionary who experienced the full existential angst that comes with assuming responsibility for humankind's future. What, then, was Nietzsche's task, his calling, as Lampert understands it? To teach that philosophy, properly understood, can provide a plausible, comprehensive view of things and that, despite the phenomenon of universal suffering, philosophy can help us learn to affirm life without invoking edifying myths. Lampert's insightful study of Beyond Good and Evil significantly enriches the already extensive and ever-expanding body of Nietzsche scholarship: it merits a distinguished place in all college libraries, nearby Lampert's Nietzsche's Teaching (CH, Jul'87), Nietzsche and Modern Times (CH, Apr'94), and Leo Strauss and Nietzsche (CH, Jun'96). For lower-division undergraduates and above. H. I. Einsohn Middlesex Community College