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Nietzsche’s The Gay Science: An Introduction by Michael Ure (review)

Nietzsche’s The Gay Science: An Introduction by Michael Ure (review) Book Reviews Michael Ure, Nietzsche’s The Gay Science: An Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019. viii + 273 pp. isbn: 978-0-521-76090-4. Paper, $27.99. Reviewed by Matthew Meyer | The University of Scranton Michael Ure’s introduction to Friedrich Nietzsche’s e G Th ay Science is a welcome contribution to the secondary literature. He provides a clear and coherent account of this complex text and situates his interpretation within Nietzsche’s larger oeuvre and philosophical project. Ure advances an o riginal thesis—GS is Nietzsche’s attempt to revive an ancient understanding of phi- losophy as a way of life—that will be of interest to s cholars more generally, and yet he still succeeds in introducing the text to the novice reader. Although I identify some points of disagreement below, Ure has nevertheless written the best introduction to GS currently available in the English language. e s Th tructure of Ure’s text largely follows that of GS (although he forgoes any substantive discussion of the poetry that begins and ends the text). Aer ft an introduction in which he focuses on Nietzsche’s understanding of philos- ophy, Ure moves through the contents of the v fi e books of GS in step-by-step fashion. He devotes http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Nietzsche Studies Penn State University Press

Nietzsche’s The Gay Science: An Introduction by Michael Ure (review)

The Journal of Nietzsche Studies , Volume 52 (1) – Mar 3, 2020

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Book Reviews Michael Ure, Nietzsche’s The Gay Science: An Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019. viii + 273 pp. isbn: 978-0-521-76090-4. Paper, $27.99. Reviewed by Matthew Meyer | The University of Scranton Michael Ure’s introduction to Friedrich Nietzsche’s e G Th ay Science is a welcome contribution to the secondary literature. He provides a clear and coherent account of this complex text and situates his interpretation within Nietzsche’s larger oeuvre and philosophical project. Ure advances an o riginal thesis—GS is Nietzsche’s attempt to revive an ancient understanding of phi- losophy as a way of life—that will be of interest to s cholars more generally, and yet he still succeeds in introducing the text to the novice reader. Although I identify some points of disagreement below, Ure has nevertheless written the best introduction to GS currently available in the English language. e s Th tructure of Ure’s text largely follows that of GS (although he forgoes any substantive discussion of the poetry that begins and ends the text). Aer ft an introduction in which he focuses on Nietzsche’s understanding of philos- ophy, Ure moves through the contents of the v fi e books of GS in step-by-step fashion. He devotes

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The Journal of Nietzsche StudiesPenn State University Press

Published: Mar 3, 2020

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