Nietzsche and Antiquity: His Reaction and Response to the Classical Tradition

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Paul Bishop
Camden House, 2004 - Philosophy - 505 pages
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This volume collects a wide-ranging set of essays examining Friedrich Nietzsche's engagement with antiquity in all its aspects. It investigates Nietzsche's reaction and response to the concept of "classicism," with particular reference to his work on Greek culture as a philologist in Basel and later as a philosopher of modernity, and to his reception of German classicism in all his texts. The book should be of interest to students of ancient history and classics, philosophy, comparative literature, and Germanistik. Taken together, these papers suggest that classicism is both a more significant, and a more contested, concept for Nietzsche than is often realized, and it demonstrates the need for a return to a close attention to the intellectual-historical context in terms of which Nietzsche saw himself operating. An awareness of the rich variety of academic backgrounds, methodologies, and techniques of reading evinced in these chapters is perhaps the only way for the contemporary scholar to come to grips with what classicism meant for Nietzsche, and hence what Nietzsche means for us today. The book is divided into five sections -- The Classical Greeks; Pre-Socratics and Pythagoreans, Cynics and Stoics; Nietzsche and the Platonic Tradition; Contestations; and German Classicism -- and constitutes the first major study of Nietzsche and the classical tradition in a quarter of a century. Contributors: Jessica N. Berry, Benjamin Biebuyck, Danny Praet and Isabelle Vanden Poel, Paul Bishop, R. Bracht Branham, Thomas Brobjer, David Campbell, Alan Cardew, Roy Elveton, Christian Emden, Simon Gillham, John Hamilton, Mark Hammond, Albert Henrichs, Dirk t.D. Held, David F. Horkott, Dylan Jaggard, Fiona Jenkins, Anthony K. Jensen, Laurence Lampert, Nicholas Martin, Thomas A. Meyer, Burkhard Meyer-Sickendiek, John S. Moore, Neville Morley, David N. McNeill, James I. Porter, Martin A. Ruehl, Herman Siemens, Barry Stocker, Friedrich Ulfers and Mark Daniel Cohen, and Peter Yates. Paul Bishop is William Jacks Chair of Modern Languages at the University of Glasgow.
 

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Contents

Nietzsche Homer and the Classical Tradition
7
Myth History
27
Nietzsche Gobineau
40
Nietzsche and Pindars Second
54
Nietzsche Aristotle and Propositional Discourse
70
Young Nietzsche on the Greek State
79
The Origins of Ethical
98
Nietzsche on Greek Polytheism
114
On the Relationship of Alcibiades Speech
260
Dionysus versus Dionysus
277
Rhetoric Judgment and the Art of Surprise
295
How Nietzsches On the Genealogy of Morals
310
Nietzsches Aesthetic Solution to the Problem
318
From Tragedy to Philosophical Novel
329
Nietzsche Interpretation and Truth
343
Nietzsche on Classicism
372

Heraclitean Justice
139
Nietzsches Meditations
151
Uppercase or lowercase?
170
Nietzsches Unpublished Fragments on Ancient
182
The Depths Are Inside
192
Nietzsche and Plato
205
Nietzsche Nehemas and SelfCreation
220
God Unpicked
228
Nietzsches Wrestling with Plato and Platonism
241
Traditional
391
Dialectics of the Greek Ideal
411
Nietzsches Ontological Roots in Goethes Classicism
425
Nietzsches AntiChristianity as a Return
441
Nietzsche and Erwin Rohde
458
Notes on the Contributors
479
Index
485
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Paul Bishop is Professor of German and Head of Department of German at the University of Glasgow.

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