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Aesthetic transformations : taking Nietzsche at his word

Author: Thomas Jovanovski
Publisher: New York : Peter Lang, ©2008.
Series: American university studies., Series V,, Philosophy ;, v. 204.
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"In this study, Thomas Jovanovski presents a contrasting interpretation to the postmodernist and feminist readings of Nietzsche. As Jovanovski holds, Nietzsche's written thought is above all a sustained endeavor aimed at negating and superseding the primarily Socratic principles of Western ontology with a new table of aesthetic ethics that is informed by the Dionysian insight of Aeschylean tragedy. Just as the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche; Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche; Socrates.; Socrates; Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche; Socrates.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Jovanovski
ISBN: 0820420026 9780820420028
OCLC Number: 36676041
Description: xlvi, 155 p. ; 24 cm.
Series Title: American university studies., Series V,, Philosophy ;, v. 204.
Responsibility: Thomas Jovanovski.

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"In this study, Thomas Jovanovski presents a contrasting interpretation to the postmodernist and feminist readings of Nietzsche. As Jovanovski holds, Nietzsche's written thought is above all a sustained endeavor aimed at negating and superseding the primarily Socratic principles of Western ontology with a new table of aesthetic ethics that is informed by the Dionysian insight of Aeschylean tragedy. Just as the Platonic Socrates perceived a pressing need for, and succeeded in establishing, a new world-historical ethic and aesthetic direction grounded in reason, science, and optimism, so does Nietzsche advocate the rebirth of this tragic consciousness as the vehicle toward a cultural, political, and religious metamorphosis of the West. However, Jovanovski contends that Nietzsche does not advocate such a radical social turning as an end in itself, but as only the most consequential prerequisite to realizing the culminating object of his supra-historical model - the phenomenal appearance of the Ubermensch."--BOOK JACKET.

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by evengle (WorldCat user published 2008-12-08) Excellent Permalink

Just when I was beginning to think that the scholarship on Nietzsche --- hijacked as it has been for the past four decades by deconstructionists and feminists --- had become as stale and predictable as old cheese, Thomas Jovanovski's Aesthetic Transformations pushed its way on...
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