Friedrich Nietzsche Analysis

Discussion Topics

Why has Friedrich Nietzsche had such a widespread influence on writers and literary critics?

What were Nietzsche’s theories about truth and rhetoric?

What were Nietzsche’s beliefs and values in the realm of ethics?

Should an “Overman,” as Nietzsche described him, be admired or condemned?

Was Nietzsche justified in his contempt for democracy and ordinary people?

Did Nietzsche have a valid understanding of the morality and values of Christianity?

Did Nietzsche’s insanity have any influence on the content of his ideas?

In what ways did Nietzsche anticipate the ideas of contemporary existentialism and postmodernism?


Berkowitz, Peter. Nietzsche: The Ethics of an Immoralist. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1995. Shows how Nietzsche’s attacks on conventional and traditional morality entail a distinctive ethical outlook.

Cate, Curtis. Friedrich Nietzsche. Woodstock, New York: Overlook Press, 2005. First published in Great Britain in 2002, this compelling and readable biography weaves the contradictory strands of Nietzsche’s life and ideas.

Conway, Daniel W. Nietzsche and the Political. New York: Routledge, 1997. A thoughtful discussion of the political implications of Nietzsche’s philosophy.

Hayman, Ronald. Nietzsche. New York: Routledge, 1999. An excellent biographical introduction to the thoughts of the philosopher, clearly presented and requiring no special background. Bibliography.

Heilke, Thomas. Nietzsche’s Tragic Regime: Culture, Aesthetics, and Political Education. De Kalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 1998. A fascinating treatment of the theme of political education in Nietzsche’s early work.

Kaufmann, Walter. Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist. 4th ed. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1974. A standard and important account of Nietzsche’s life and thought by one of his major translators....

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