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What a Philosopher Is: Becoming Nietzsche

Laurence Lampert


From his beginnings Nietzsche viewed the philosopher as the rare and highest attainment of human intellect and spiritedness. But only slowly did he come to see himself as such a man, the philosopher of our time. A new task fell to him once that became clear: he had to make public the story of his own becoming a philosopher. Nietzsche therefore turned autobiographical late in his career and did so to show his age, a democratic age that values equality of rights, what a philosopher is and how a philosopher is possible. His autobiographical task first took the form of Forewords introducing each o ... More

Keywords: philosopher, will to power, eternal return, artist, Nietzsche’s development, autobiography, Nietzsche’s Nachlass

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226488110
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226488257.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laurence Lampert, author
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

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