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Nietzsche contra Democracy Hardcover – January 7, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0801434242 ISBN-10: 0801434246 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (January 7, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801434246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801434242
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,165,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"From the opening words of this new book on Nietzsche's political philosophy, we know we are in the hands of a capable scholar: 'Friedrich Nietzsche's great concern is for the flourishing of those few whom he considers exemplary of the human species.' Appel's book demonstrates, from start to finish, the economy and lucidity found in this pithy statement. Appel eschews all jargon. . . . He laces together textual evidence and strong arguments to make his case, to my mind incontrovertibly, that Nietzsche's opposition to liberal and egalitarian political ideas . . . was unvarying."—Philip R. Munger, Boston Book Review

"Nietzsche Contra Democracy is a brilliant piece of scholarship, both clearly written and well argued, or if you prefer, both lucid and logical. . . I give it a ten."—David A. Gugin. Perspectives on Political Science

"This concise examination of a number of the most important issues in Nietzsche's political philosophy would be an excellent addition to any university's library."—Choice

"The subject and thesis of this book are important and timely."—Ethics

"Fredrick Appel offers a thorough and devastating critique of what he calls the 'new orthodoxy' about Nietzsche which dominates contemporary scholarship. Appel not only demonstrates how much scholars have to distort Nietzsche's writings to turn him into an enemy of social hierarchy and domination, but also shows how far Nietzsche's ideas stray from his contemporary portrait of a cheerful and ironic relativist. One of the greatest strengths of the book is the way in which it brings Nietzsche into conversation with Aristotelian and Stoic strains of thought which share much more of Nietzsche's ethical commitments than his violent critique of Plato might make one expect."—Bernard Yack, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28, 1999
Format: Hardcover
A wonderful book. It did three things for me: (1) it provide a sizzling articulation of some of Nietzche's thought (which isn't so easy a task); (2) it brought clarity to the undergirdings of democracy, and exposed it's failings with Nietzche's lens; and (3) it jolted me--I'd doubt tacit, everyday assumptions about equality, etc. as I was walking down the street.
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