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Comic Relief: Nietzsche's Gay Science Hardcover – January 13, 2000

ISBN-13: 000-0195126912 ISBN-10: 0195126912 Edition: First

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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; First edition (January 13, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195126912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195126914
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,533,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Higgens acknowledges Nietzsche's valorization of humor and comedy in his critique of Western thought... Her argument includes ... interesting points." eligious Studies Review

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Kathleen Marie Higgins is at University of Texas, Austin.

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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Daw-Nay on June 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Nietzsche is a "Paradigm of Playfulness" in my opinion, and Professor Higgins has done an excellent job of teasing out the entrenched humor of his Gay Science. Also, the importance of humor in philosophizing not only in Nietzsche's work but in general should be taken into consideration by those who kick their heels up on the playground of ideas. In this unprecedented work Higgins shows us the multi-faceted nature of Nietzsche's way of doing philosophy, and with this approach a new appreciation for Nietzsche's depth as a philosopher should be noted.
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7 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Aristotle's Beast on July 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is not funny. Higgins is not funny. Nietzsche's Joyful Wisdom is not funny. This book, as discussed in the preface, was contracted by a silly university press -- one of the silliest of them all. Then Higgins sat down to force the thing into shape. Every page has the feeling of being forced. There is nothing here that is smooth, natural or even very insightful. Higgins is constantly saying 'I think that is funny' as though her opinion could be worth anything at all. She has to think that in order to fulfill her contract. And who cares about her mental state anyway? The only proof that something is funny is that people find it funny, perhaps. But Higgins is an interested party, so her opinion is irrelevant. In fact, her opinion is worthless here, and so is her book.
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