Nietzsche: An Introduction to the Understanding of His Philosophical Activity. Karl Jaspers, Charles F. Wallraff, Frederick J. Schmitz, Trans.

Nietzsche: An Introduction to the Understanding of His Philosophical Activity

Chicago: Gateway, 1969.

Paperback. 8" X 5 1/4". xiv, 496pp. Wear to pictorial paper wraps with toning, rubbing, and creasing to covers, corners, and edges. Creasing to spine. Toning to edges of text block. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is sound.

Nietzsche claimed to be a philosopher of the future, but he was appropriated as a philosopher of Nazism. His work inspired a long study by Martin Heidegger and essays by a host of lesser disciples attached to the Third Reich. In 1935, however, Karl Jaspers set out to "marshall against the National Socialists the world of thought of the man they had proclaimed as their own philosopher." The year after publishing Nietzsche, Jaspers was discharged from his professorship at Heidelberg University by order of the Nazi leadership.

Jaspers does not fall into the same trap as idealogues do, citing bits and pieces from Nietzsche's work to reinforce already held opinions. Instead, he openly shows the wide range of Nietzsche's views, including his endorsement of wars and warriors, his prophecies of world struggle and "new masters," and the cruel arrogance of the supermen. Yet Jaspers finds Nietzsche's philosophy to be extraordinary not only because he foresaw all the monstrosities of the twentieth century, but also because he saw through them.(Publisher). Good. Item #9280

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