Nietzsches Dawn: Philosophy, Ethics, and the Passion of Knowledge

Nietzsches Dawn: Philosophy, Ethics, and the Passion of Knowledge by Keith Ansell-Pearson, Rebecca Bamford 1119693667 9781119693666
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The first focused study of Nietzsches Dawn, offering a close reading of the text by two of the leading scholars on the philosophy of Nietzsche

Published in 1881, Dawn: Thoughts on the Presumptions of Morality represents a significant moment in the development of Nietzsches philosophy and his break with German philosophic thought. Though groundbreaking in many ways, Dawn remains the least studied of Nietzsches work. In Nietzsches Dawn: Philosophy, Ethics, and the Passion of Knowledge, authors Keith Ansell-Pearson and Rebecca Bamford present a thorough treatment of the second of Nietzsches so-called "free spirit" trilogy.

This unique book explores Nietzsches philosophy at the time of Dawns writing and discusses the modern relevance of themes such as fear, superstition, terror, and moral and religious fanaticism. The authors highlight Dawns links with key areas of philosophical inquiry, such as the art of living well, skepticism, and naturalism. The book begins by introducing Dawn and discussing how to read Nietzsche, his literary and philosophical influences, his relation to German philosophy, and his efforts to advance his free spirit philosophy. Subsequent discussions address a wide range of topics relevant to Dawn, including presumptions of customary morality, hatred of the self, free-minded thinking, and embracing science and the passion of knowledge. Providing a lively and imaginative engagement with Nietzsches text, this book:

  • Highlights the importance of an often-neglected text from Nietzsches middle writings
  • Examines Nietzsches campaign against customary morality
  • Discusses Nietzsches responsiveness to key Enlightenment ideas
  • Offers insights on Nietzsches philosophical practice and influences
  • Contextualizes a long-overlooked work by Nietzsche within the philosophers life of writing

Like no other book on the subject, Nietzsches Dawn: Philosophy, Ethics, and the Passion of Knowledge is a must-read for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, instructors, and scholars in philosophy, as well as general readers with interest in Nietzsche, particularly his middle writings.

Author: Keith Ansell-Pearson, Rebecca Bamford

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 288

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Publication Date: 2020-12-14

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