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Nietzsche in Context (review)

Nietzsche in Context (review) Book Review Robin Small. Nietzsche in Context. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001. xx + 202 pp. GREG WHITLOCK Robin Small's Nietzsche in Context should be commended for its general project of placing Nietzsche in the context of various scientific thinkers: R. J. Boscovich, Afrikan Spir, Eugen Dühring, J. C. F. Zöllner, Teichmüller, Julius Mayer, Friedrich Albert Lange, Elisabeth d'Espérance, Eduard von Hartmann, and Paul Rée. I am always happy to read an author taking Nietzsche and science seriously, no matter how well that connection has now been established. My considerable problem with Small's work, however, is that there is not so little as a nod in the direction of other scholars who prepared his way. In chapter after chapter, Small does not recognize the work of other scholars, and so does not place himself within a context of Nietzsche scholarship. In short, while Professor Small has effectively placed Nietzsche within the context of the scientific thought of his times, Small has not placed himself within the context of Nietzsche scholarship. One may argue that (1) both tasks are not necessary at all points, or (2) both tasks cannot be done at once. My reply to the first point would be http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Nietzsche Studies Penn State University Press

Nietzsche in Context (review)

The Journal of Nietzsche Studies , Volume 32 (1) – Nov 6, 2006

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Book Review Robin Small. Nietzsche in Context. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001. xx + 202 pp. GREG WHITLOCK Robin Small's Nietzsche in Context should be commended for its general project of placing Nietzsche in the context of various scientific thinkers: R. J. Boscovich, Afrikan Spir, Eugen Dühring, J. C. F. Zöllner, Teichmüller, Julius Mayer, Friedrich Albert Lange, Elisabeth d'Espérance, Eduard von Hartmann, and Paul Rée. I am always happy to read an author taking Nietzsche and science seriously, no matter how well that connection has now been established. My considerable problem with Small's work, however, is that there is not so little as a nod in the direction of other scholars who prepared his way. In chapter after chapter, Small does not recognize the work of other scholars, and so does not place himself within a context of Nietzsche scholarship. In short, while Professor Small has effectively placed Nietzsche within the context of the scientific thought of his times, Small has not placed himself within the context of Nietzsche scholarship. One may argue that (1) both tasks are not necessary at all points, or (2) both tasks cannot be done at once. My reply to the first point would be

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The Journal of Nietzsche StudiesPenn State University Press

Published: Nov 6, 2006

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