This book concludes by examining the relationship between Nietzsche’s middle and mature works, and by trying to illustrate important differences between these two phases and the equally important continuities. Differences and continuities aside, Nietzsche remains an indispensable guide with respect to the side of culture that is concerned with meaning, values, self-realization, and spiritual fulfillment. In his philosophy, he unflinchingly faces up to our nihilistic predicament, but he also shows us a way out of it that does not involve relapsing into romantic nostalgia, resorting to edifying mythology, or abandoning human reason. The author emphasizes the last of these features in his interpretation, and it is this feature that the free-spirit trilogy from the middle period, more than any of Nietzsche’s other works, allows us to appreciate.
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