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Nietzsche and Rée: A Star Friendship 1st Edition

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"This is an important scholarly achievement within the field of Nietzsche studies."--Christian J. Emden, The Review of Metaphysics

"Small here expands upon his already substantial contribution to the excellent and growing scholarship on the context of Nietzsche's thought. Highly recommended. --Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"Small now offers a comprehensive treatment of the fraught personal and intellectual relations between Rée and Nietzsche...This book fills a gap in scholarship...Rée is important for understanding Nietzsche's development." --CHOICE

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Robin Small is at University of Auckland.
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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Clarendon Press; 1 edition (May 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199278075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199278077
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Meticulously researched, but based on a totally wrong premise. The famous passage Star Friendship from The Gay Science (IV: 279) couldn't have been about Rée, as at the time of writing it in April 1882 Nietzsche was still friends with him. It is, without a doubt, about Wagner:

" - We are friends and have become estranged. But this was right, and we do not want to conceal and obscure it from ourselves, as if we had reason to feel ashamed. We are two ships, each of which has its goal and course; our paths may cross and we may celebrate a feast together, as we did, -and then the good ships rested so quietly in one harbour and one sunshine, that it may have looked as if they reached their goal and as if they had one goal. But then the almighty force of our tasks drove us apart again into different seas and sunny zones, and perhaps we shall never see each other again,- perhaps we shall meet again, but fail to recognize each other: our exposure to different seas and suns has changed us! That we have to become estranged is the law above us: by the same token we should also become more venerable for each other - and the memory of our former friendship more sacred! There is probably a horrific but invisible stellar orbit in which our very different ways and goals may be included as smaller parts of this path; let us rise up to this thought. But our life is too short and our power of vision too small for us to be more than friends in the sense of this sublime possibility. - Let us believe in our stellar friendship and even if we should be compelled to be earth enemies."

Nietzsche sought various substitutes after he and Wagner had parted ways; Rée was one, Heinrich Köselitz was another -- both rather pathetic. Elisabeth was right (again!
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