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  • Print publication year: 2012
  • Online publication date: June 2012

Chapter 3 - Nietzsche: Untimely Meditations

Summary

Individually and collectively, the four untimely meditations are unquestionably among Friedrich Nietzsche's most widely neglected works. The Untimely Meditations contain important, early discussions of such essential Nietzschean subjects as the relationship between life, art and philosophy; the character and cultivation of the true self; education (and its vital erotic dimension), and the difference between genuine wisdom and mere knowledge (or science). The enormous difference between a genuine and a merely popular culture was a theme very close to Nietzsche's heart during the early Basel period and is explored. The Untimely Meditations are, however, just as important for what they praise as for what they reject, even though, as one have now had several occasions to note, much of this same praise was also a means for distancing, and thereby separating the author of these paeans from certain powerful influences and stimuli.
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Introductions to Nietzsche
  • Online ISBN: 9781139051736
  • Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139051736
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