Nietzsche's Task An Interpretation of Beyond Good and Evil Laurence Lampert

Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
09 Feb 2004
ISBN:
9780300103014
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
336 pages: 229 x 152mm

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When Nietzsche published Beyond Good and Evil in 1886, he told a friend that it was a book that would not be read properly until “around the year 2000.” Now Laurence Lampert sets out to fulfill this prophecy by providing a section by section interpretation of this philosophical masterpiece that emphasizes its unity and depth as a comprehensive new teaching on nature and humanity.
According to Lampert, Nietzsche begins with a critique of philosophy that is ultimately affirmative, because it shows how philosophy can arrive at a defensible ontological account of the way of all beings. Nietzsche next argues that a new post-Christian religion can arise out of the affirmation of the world disclosed to philosophy. Then, turning to the implications of the new ontology for morality and politics, Nietzsche argues that these can be reconstituted on the fundamental insights of the new philosophy. Nietzsche’s comprehensive depiction of this anti-Platonic philosophy ends with a chapter on nobility, in which he contends that what can now be publicly celebrated as noble in our species are its highest achievements of mind and spirit.

?A masterpiece of insightful commentary and a brilliant interpretation of one of Nietzsche?s richest?and most poorly understood?books.??Graham Parkes, University of Hawaii


?A masterpiece of insightful commentary and a brilliant interpretation of one of Nietzsche?s richest?and most poorly understood?books.??Graham Parkes, University of Hawaii


?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?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.??Choice


"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."?Choice


?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?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.??Choice


?Nietzsche?s Task, should serve as one important model for future Nietzsche scholarship. [It] proceeds chapter by chapter, paragraph by paragraph, offering a systematic and pathbreaking way through one of Nietzsche?s most challenging texts. No other secondary source I know of has successfully given such a coherent and meaningful reading of one of Nietzsche?s books. We need more books that seek a way through the labyrinth of Nietzsche?s thought thhrough closse readings of his texts.??Roger Berkowitz, Journal of Politics


?An engaging, bold, and insightful book that should stand above much recent Nietzsche scholarship for its attention to Nietzsche?s purposes and its care with Nietzsche?s text.??Paul Kirkland, Review of Metaphysics


?An engaging, bold, and insightful book that should stand above much recent Nietzsche scholarship for its attention to Nietzsche?s purposes and its care with Nietzsche?s text.??Paul Kirkland, Review of Metaphysics


?There is much to admire in Lampert?s book. His attention to detail is impressive. He highlights details and motifs that may seem minor, but add a great deal of richness to our understanding of Nietzsche?s work. . . . Lampert?s book deserves to be read. He is a serious scholar, and his work displays an impressive understanding and attention to detail. . . . It is surely an excellent book.??Paul F. Glenn, The Review of Politics


?There is much to admire in Lampert?s book. His attention to detail is impressive. He highlights details and motifs that may seem minor, but add a great deal of richness to our understanding of Nietzsche?s work. . . . Lampert?s book deserves to be read. He is a serious scholar, and his work displays an impressive understanding and attention to detail. . . . It is surely an excellent book.??Paul F. Glenn, The Review of Politics