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Nietzsche: The Gay Science

Nietzsche: The Gay Science
With a Prelude in German Rhymes and an Appendix of Songs

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  • Date Published: September 2001
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521636452

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  • Nietzsche wrote The Gay Science, which he later described as "perhaps my most personal book", when he was at the height of his intellectual powers, and the reader will find it an extensive and sophisticated treatment of the philosophical themes and views most central to Nietzsche's own thought and most influential on later thinkers. This volume presents the work in a new translation by Josefine Nauckhoff, with an introduction by Bernard Williams that elucidates the work's main themes and discusses their continuing importance.

    • This is one of Nietzsche's most important and influential philosophical works, widely taught to undergraduates
    • Introduction and notes by Bernard Williams, a distinguished philosopher and pre-eminent Nietzsche scholar
    • We think this edition can match the Kaufmann (Vintage) edition on quality of translation (it corrects several errors) and it easily outstrips it on quality of introduction and annotation
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    The Gay Science deserves prominent attention from philosophers who study Nietzche's works, and indeed from anyone with an interest in moral psychology and the origin of our values. This new edition is a great achievement, which should for most purposes supersede Kaufmann as the standard translation, and which will have an important role to play in bringing this work into prominence and in furthering the study of Nietzche in the English-speaking world." Notre Dame Philosphical Reviews

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521636452
    • length: 305 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 154 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.505kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Joke, cunning and revenge: prelude in German rhymes
    Book one
    Book two
    Book three
    Book four: St Januarius
    Book five: we fearless ones
    Appendix: songs of Prince Vogelfrei.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • 19th Century Philosophy
    • Classical Mythology
    • Faith & Disbelief
    • History of Existentialism
    • Masochism, Spectacle, Gender
    • Michael Monahan
    • Nietzsche, Self, and Morality
    • Self, Culture, and Society - 2
    • Seminar: Nietzsche
    • The Challenge of Modernity
  • Author

    Friedrich Nietzsche


    Bernard Williams, University of Oxford
    Bernard Williams is Deutsch Professor of Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley, and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. His many publications include Problems of the Self (Cambridge University Press, 1973), Moral Luck (Cambridge University Press, 1981), Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy (Harvard University Press, 1986), Shame and Necessity (University of California Press, 1993), and Making Sense of Humanity (Cambridge University Press, 1995).


    Josefine Nauckhoff, Wake Forest University, North Carolina

    Adrian Del Caro

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