Nietzsche's Philosophy of Religion (Hardback)
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Nietzsche's Philosophy of Religion (Hardback)

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Hardback 244 Pages / Published: 06/04/2006
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In his first book, The Birth of Tragedy, Nietzsche observes that Greek tragedy gathered people together as a community in the sight of their gods, and argues that modernity can be rescued from 'nihilism' only through the revival of such a festival. This is commonly thought to be a view which did not survive the termination of Nietzsche's early Wagnerianism, but Julian Young argues, on the basis of an examination of all of Nietzsche's published works, that his religious communitarianism in fact persists through all his writings. What follows, it is argued, is that the mature Nietzsche is neither an 'atheist', an 'individualist', nor an 'immoralist': he is a German philosopher belonging to a German tradition of conservative communitarianism - though to claim him as a proto-Nazi is radically mistaken. This important reassessment will be of interest to all Nietzsche scholars and to a wide range of readers in German philosophy.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521854221
Number of pages: 244
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 14 mm


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'Julian Young offers a comprehensive, profound, yet consistently lively and engaging overview of Nietzsche's almost obsessive reflections on religion. Young's claim is that instead of rejecting all religion, Nietzsche tries to revive a richer, 'healthier' religious life that existed in earlier times, one that gives us a meaningful way of understanding community, commitment, devotion, the fact of death, and even the 'gods'.' Charles Guignon, University of South Florida
'Every student of Nietzsche in the Anglophone world should read this book.' Nietzsche Circle
'In Nietzsche's Philosophy of Religion, Young presents a scandalously unscandalous version of the author who dreamed of dividing world history in two. politically, Young's Nietzsche was neither a proto-anarchist nor a proto-Nazi, but a mainstream one-nation conservative who, though not much of a democrat, would have favoured something like 'twentieth-century Scandinavian social democracy.' New Humanist

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