From Library Journal
Deriving inspiration from both continental and American scholarship, Nehamas penetratingly discusses Nietzsche's style and his views on truth, knowledge, the will to power, morality, and the self. The unifying theme is provided by two central features of Nietzsche's work: his perspectivism (the view that there are only interpretations) and his ``aestheticism'' (the tendency to view the world as a literary text and people, including himself, as literary characters). It is the illuminating treatment of this latter theme that constitutes the book's chief novelty. But there are many other provocative interpretative claims: for instance, the denial that the notorious doctrine of the eternal recurrence is a cosmological thesis. This is a brilliant book; no one interested in Nietzsche will want to miss it. Richard Hogan, Philosophy Dept., Southeastern Massachusetts Univ., N. Dartmouth
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This is the best and most important book on Nietzsche in English. Alexander Nehamas argues at a level of sophistication and provides a density of content which are very rare in this field. (Michael Tanner Times Literary Supplement
Philosophers and anyone interested in philosophy ought...to welcome Alexander Nehamas's elegant and challenging interpretation of this most 'writerly of philosophers'...This unusually engaging book demands our attention. (Karsten Harries New York Times Book Review
Anyone at all interested in Nietzsche will certainly want to read [this book]...Nehamas has applied his own theory of interpretation, and he has postulated an integrated, coherent 'Nietzsche' to whom no future reader of Nietzsche can remain indifferent. (David Hoy London Review of Books
Nehamas evolves a wonderfully subtle and ingenious interpretation...[He has] produced something weighty, complex, distinctive--in its way, a work of art. (George Scialabba Village Voice Literary Supplement
Marvelous...Nehamas has written perhaps the best book yet on Nietzsche's philosophy. (Robert C. Solomon Philadelphia Inquirer
This new study is fascinating for its portrayal of Nietzsche's thought as 'literary' in a twofold sense: first, Nehamas argues that Nietzsche viewed the world as if it were a literary text; second, he claims that Nietzsche's goal as an author was to create a specific literary character...The case is argued forcefully (and even with a touch of drama)...The writing is rich and allusive in a manner that is unusual in contemporary works of philosophy. It is a valuable contribution to our understanding of Nietzsche, one that adds substance to the often facile citing of Nietzsche in contemporary literary studies. (Stephen N. Dunning Poetics Today