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Nietzsche's The Gay Science
An Introduction

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  • Date Published: May 2019
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  • isbn: 9781108578868

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  • Nietzsche's The Gay Science (1882/1887) is a deeply personal book, yet also an important work of philosophy. Nietzsche conceives it as a philosophical autobiography, a record of his own self-transformation. In beautifully composed aphorisms he communicates his central experience of overcoming pessimism and recovering the capacity to affirm joyfully the tragedy of life. On the basis of his experiments in living, Nietzsche articulates his most famous philosophical concepts and images: the death of God, the exercise of eternal recurrence, and the ideal of self-fashioning. This book explains the ancient and modern philosophical contexts that shape Nietzsche's central concern with the affirmation of life. It surveys Nietzsche's philosophy as a whole, explains the pivotal place of The Gay Science as the source of his ideal of tragic joy, and shows how he revives an ancient conception of philosophy as a way of life and the philosopher as physician.

    • Sets The Gay Science in the context of Nietzsche's larger philosophical perspective
    • Addresses issues of criticism, reception and interpretation in regard to this major and pivotal work
    • Develops a new interpretation of Nietzsche as reviving an ancient conception both of philosophy as a way of life and of philosopher as physician
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    ‘Michael Ure's new book is a timely and assured contribution to Nietzsche scholarship. It makes a persuasive case for The Gay Science to be recognised as a key philosophical text, which revives an ancient conception of philosophy as a way of life and the philosopher as physician. Ure writes very well, and the whole makes for a very rich interpretation.' Duncan Large, University of East Anglia

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    • Date Published: May 2019
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108578868
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Nietzsche's tragicomedy
    2. Nietzsche's new nobility: book one
    3. Redeeming art: book two
    4. Shadows of God: book three
    5. Sanctus Januarius: book four
    6. Eternal recurrence: personal infinity
    7. Dionysian pessimism: book five
    8. Nietzsche's Saturnalia:
    1886 preface.

  • Author

    Michael Ure, Monash University, Victoria
    Michael Ure is Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, Monash University, Victoria. He has published widely on Nietzsche's philosophy, including his book Nietzsche's Therapy (2008).

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