Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900) has exerted a decisive and radical influence on the central themes of twentieth-century philosophy, art and literature. Who Nietzsche actually was, and what his thought can be construed to mean and imply, are questions which have been addressed in a variety of ways by authors ranging from Lukacs and Adorno to Kaufmann and Derrida. Yet no single reading seems able to dominate or determine the entire terrain of Nietzsche's intellectual heritage.With that in mind, this volume collects together a record of the key readings which comprise the three principal traditions or methodologies of Nietzsche interpretation: the Anglo-American, German, and French traditions. In so doing, the volume provides a key record of and guide to the central elements of Nietzsche scholarship, and encourages an appreciation of the divergences and similarities which both separate and unify these interpretations of Nietzsche's work.
Containing an extensive introduction to Nietzsche interpretation, a comprehensive and up-to-date bibliography, and a glossary of key terms, the volume is essential reading for students encountering Nietzsche's work for the very first time, and is the ideal basis for a course.
Peter R. Sedgwick is Lecturer in Philosophy at University of Wales, College of Cardiff. His publications are in 19th-century continental philosophy and contemporary post-analytic philosophy.