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Nietzsche and the Philology of the Future Paperback – January 1, 2002
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"Students of Nietzsche will welcome this fine study, which focuses on the philosopher's early philological writings in order to demonstrate that there is far more continuity in the Nietzschean oeuvre than is often thought. . . . Highly recommended for all upper-division undergraduates and above." (Choice)
"This is an excellent book, exhaustively documented and subtly written. Its greatest contribution will probably be to students of Nietzsche, for whom it presents cogent, intelligent readings of under-discussed material. But it should not be ignored by classical philologists, for whom it will serve as a challenge and a source of strength. Books like this, and debates about them, will help foster a dialogue between students of ancient and modern philosophy and literature that is weaker than it should be." (Bryn Mawr Classical Review)
"This fascinating analysis of Nietzsche's first book challenges the assumption of a post-Birth of Tragedy rupture in Nietzsche's thought and shows its essential continuity with his later works. . . . This beautifully written book is a valuable study of what the author rightly calls Nietzsche's most underanalyzed text." (German Studies Review)
"This work will be of interest to, and should be studied by, a wider audience than its title may initially suggest . . . .Porter's provocative readings . . . .convincingly demonstrate the need for more attention to this largely neglected area of Nietzsche's writing." (The Review of Metaphysics)
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For Nietzsche, questions about the religion, art, and history of the classical world are bound up with fundamental questions about knowledge, culture, history, and the status of the subject. From his early writings, Nietzsche finds it difficult to separate questions about modernity from those about antiquity. Nor are the problems of classical philology ever far from his mind, even toward the end of his career. By showing how frequently the “later” Nietzsche appears in the early writings, the author hopes to provoke reflection on the adequacy of current characterizations of Nietzsche, and not just to raise questions about the periodization of his life and thought.
The book traces Nietzsche’s efforts, throughout his career, to determine the ways in which philosophy and philology are symptomatic of modern cultural habits, ideologies, and imaginings. In the form of a cultural anthropology, he may even have outlined the most trenchant model still available for confronting the ghostly specters that haunt Western society. Nietzsche’s incessant preoccupation with the symptomatology of the modern subject—its ailments, its allusions, and the signs of its irrepressible presence—unifies his oeuvre more than any other single question.
The author argues that Nietzsche arrived at this inquiry from a philological perspective, according to which subjective identity is viewed as part of a historical process. Embodied in practices, habits, and institutions, these inheritances of culture—of which classical antiquity is a crucial part—undergo the vicissitudes of transmission, decipherment, reconstruction, reception, and especially falsification (whether through unwilled or deliberate misunderstanding). All of these factors are intimately bound up with the ways in which subjects form themselves.
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Nietzsche: Volumes One and Two (Nietzsche, Vols. I & II) and Nietzsche: Vols. 3 and 4 (Vol. 3: The Will to Power as Knowledge and as Metaphysics; Vol. 4: Nihilism) by Martin Heidegger
Nietzsche's thinking is fundamentally intertwined with his classical philology which he made rise to philosophical levels applying to anything and everything! Nietzsche is, first of all, the most self aware and self critical thinker of all time. Using philology as the basis for constructing an objective systematic philosophy of language, in the shadows let us say, is a work of true genius on James I. Porter. Only Heidegger's lectures on Nietzsche are on this level - and they need to be taken with a grain of salt, but just a grain. Others, compared to them, seem completely lost at sea. Porter shows Nietzsche being scientifically specific in his analysis of language and thoroughly based on a traditional discipline of which he is fully self conscious of and critical, in best possible best way, of. GET THIS BEFORE IT GOES OUT OF PRINT! AND HOPE PORTER WRITES MORE BOOKS ON NIETZSCHE!