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Friedrich Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography (review)

Friedrich Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography (review) Book Reviews Julian Young. Friedrich Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. 649 pp. ISBN 978-0-521-87117-4. Cloth, $45.00. DANIEL BLUE In 2006 Julian Young published Nietzsche’s Philosophy of Religion , a book in which he argued that the standard view of Nietzsche as a staunch individualist and atheist was incorrect. From The Birth of Tragedy onward, Young claimed, Nietzsche had written from a communitarian standpoint that embraced religion as a source of inspiriting myth, uniting groups into a folk. Heretical as this view was in the academy, there was considerable evidence for Young’s position, and it is noteworthy that the individualistic side of Nietzsche excites more interest in the English-speaking countries (and particularly the United States with its heritage of Emerson and Thoreau) than on the European continent. If Young’s thesis was new and piquant, however, it seemed of secondary importance. While Nietzsche certainly celebrated a communitarian outlook in the works before Human, All Too Human , any such tendencies seem comparatively vestigial in the later books, where (when they surface at all) they appear rather as reflexive memories of earlier views than living ideas still generative of consequences. There were few, if any, converts to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Nietzsche Studies Penn State University Press

Friedrich Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography (review)

The Journal of Nietzsche Studies , Volume 41 (1) – May 18, 2011

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Book Reviews Julian Young. Friedrich Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. 649 pp. ISBN 978-0-521-87117-4. Cloth, $45.00. DANIEL BLUE In 2006 Julian Young published Nietzsche’s Philosophy of Religion , a book in which he argued that the standard view of Nietzsche as a staunch individualist and atheist was incorrect. From The Birth of Tragedy onward, Young claimed, Nietzsche had written from a communitarian standpoint that embraced religion as a source of inspiriting myth, uniting groups into a folk. Heretical as this view was in the academy, there was considerable evidence for Young’s position, and it is noteworthy that the individualistic side of Nietzsche excites more interest in the English-speaking countries (and particularly the United States with its heritage of Emerson and Thoreau) than on the European continent. If Young’s thesis was new and piquant, however, it seemed of secondary importance. While Nietzsche certainly celebrated a communitarian outlook in the works before Human, All Too Human , any such tendencies seem comparatively vestigial in the later books, where (when they surface at all) they appear rather as reflexive memories of earlier views than living ideas still generative of consequences. There were few, if any, converts to

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The Journal of Nietzsche StudiesPenn State University Press

Published: May 18, 2011

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