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Nietzsche as a Scholar of Antiquity


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Acknowledgments Abbreviations Notes on Contributors Introduction Part I: Nietzsche's Place in Philology 1. On Nietzsche's Philolological Beginnings Joachim Latacz 2. Nietzsche's Radical Philology James I. Porter Part II: Scholarly Processes 3. The Sources of Nietzsche's Lectures on Rhetoric Glenn Most and Thomas Fries 4. Apollo and the Problem of the Unity of Culture in the Early Nietzsche Douglas Burnham Part III: Scholarly Achievement 5. Nietzsche's Valediction and First Article: The Theognidea Anthony K. Jensen 6. Nietzsche and Diogenes Laertius Jonathan Barnes 7. Nietzsche's Influence on Homer Scholarship Alexey Zhavoronkov Part IV: Literature, Language, Culture 8. The History of Literature as an Issue: Nietzsche's Attempt to Represent Antiquity Carlotta Santini 9. The Audience (Hearers and Viewers) and the Different Influence on Different Types in Nietzsche's Lectures Vivetta Vivarelli 10. Nietzsche on the Ancient Quarrel between Philosophy and Poetry Matthew Meyer Part V: Philosophy, Science, Religion 11. Nietzsche's Genealogy of Early Greek Philosophy Helmut Heit 12. Nietzsche and Philology and the Science of Antiquity: On the Genealogies of Ancient Science Babette Babich 13. The Religion of the 'older Greeks' in Nietzsche's 'Notes to We Philologists' Hubert Cancik and Hildegard Cancik-Lindemaier Index

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This book fills a gap in the literature on Nietzsche's early development by focussing on his lectures and research on Ancient Greek culture and thought.

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Anthony K. Jensen is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Providence College, USA, and Associate Editor of the Journal of Nietzsche Studies. Helmut Heit is Dilthey Fellow at the Technische Universitat Berlin, Germany, and the Director of the Berliner Nietzsche Colloquium.


This book shows an often neglected part of Friedrich Nietzsche's intellectual activity: his scholarship in classical studies. Beyond many important findings in detail, the authors of Nietzsche as a Scholar of Antiquity - leading international experts - are able to demonstrate how Nietzsche's philosophy still remains based on his philological origin. Therefore, this volume is not only important for intellectual historians, but also for philosophers having recognised the importance of context in understanding philosophy. * Andreas Urs Sommer, Nietzsche-Kommentar, Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Germany *
In this rich collection of essays, Nietzsche's debts to Greek antiquity are meticulously researched and judiciously reckoned. An impressive display of erudition and philological acuity by an international cohort of scholars. * Daniel Conway, Head of Philosophy and Humanities, Texas A&M University, USA *
This excellent volume assembles papers by some of the finest classicists and Nietzsche scholars. Anthony Jensen and Helmut Heit have edited the single most important contribution to the research and evaluation of Nietzsche's status as a scholar of Antiquity published so far in English. * Joao Constancio, Director of the Nietzsche International Lab, and Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal *
While it has not been forgotten that Nietzsche was a scholar and philologist before he was a philosopher, his work in those areas has been largely ignored. Nietzsche as a Scholar of Antiquity by Anthony K. Jensen and Helmut Heit (eds.) seeks to correct this defect by exploring impact of Nietzsche's academic work both on his philosophy and on the discipline of philology [...] Overall, this volume is an excellent addition to the corpus of Nietzsche scholarship, and one that will be of interest to Classical scholars as well. Highly recommended. -- Coyle Neal, Southwest Baptist University * Bryn Mawr Classical Review *
This collection succeeds in demonstrating the richness and complexity of Nietzsche's conflicted years as a professor of classical philology, as well as revealing how some of the roots of his momentous later ideas about language, culture, religion and morality lie embedded in his intense early reflections on antiquity. * Stephen Halliwell, The Classical Review *

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