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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; Exp Sub edition (September 28, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252068564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252068560
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,683,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An important attempt to understand Nietzsche's major doctrines in a way relevant to thought concerning the current crisis in Western culture... A significant contribution to Nietzsche literature." -- Glen Martin, Journal of the American Academy of Religion "The heart of the book is an excellent discussion of Nietzsche's views of the Greeks, a topic that Nietzsche, as a trained philologist, returned to again and again. The coverage is complete and insightful, carrying us into the discussion of Nietzsche's politics which gives the book its title, its novelty and its most exciting theme." -- Robert C. Solomon, International Studies in Philosophy ADVANCE PRAISE "This is one of the best English essays on Nietzsche. One need not agree with Strong's conclusions in order to benefit from his lucid analysis and to estimate the sobriety of his judgment." -- Stanley Rosen, Borden Parker Browne Professor of Philosophy, Boston University "Takes seriously both the personal and the political side of Nietzsche's writing and succeeds in showing that the two are intimately connected to one another. It is sophisticated and readable, it addresses a specific subject of serious concern to many readers of Nietzsche, and it also provides an introduction to many of his central views." -- Alexander Nehamas, University of Pennsylvania

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Volkswagen Blues on September 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
When this book first came out a couple of decades ago, it represented an early effort at recontextualizing an oeuvre that had always been seen as inapplicable to political considerations. Today, that apolitical version of Nietzsche is almost unthinkable, and Tracy Strong deserves a lion's share of the credit for that shift. If you're interested in any facet of Nietzsche's potential as a political thinker, this book is a must.
Strong's greatest strength is his ability and willingness to read both the befores and afters that have produced the Nietzsche we thought we knew. He returns to Nietzsche's prized works, from the Greeks onward (with specific attention to Nietzsche's fave pre-Socratic thinkers) and re-evaluates Nietzsche's appropriations of them. Simultaneously, Strong always keeps in mind the various ways in which those who came AFTER Nietzsche have read and mis-read these moments. Such insights go a long way toward making a re-reading of Nietzsche as much about our changing reading agendas as they are about Nietzsche's.
Strong also treats our past penchant for linking Nietzsche with darker politics, when we linked him with politics at all; the long-perceived relationship with fascism is given its airing here, but Strong convincingly prods the reader into regarding such strict alliances dubiously.
The thoroughness of this book is also impressive. Strong covers everything, and covers it well. While he often carefully sets the context every time he cites Nietzsche, though, "Friedrich Nietzsche and the Politics of Transfiguration" is still guilty of falling into a trap that endangers every book I've read on him: the tendency to regard his thought as one organic whole, always present, rather than as progressive or even disjointed moments.
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