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Self-Interpreting Selves: Comments on Alexander Nehamas’s Nietzsche: Life as Literature

Self-Interpreting Selves: Comments on Alexander Nehamas’s Nietzsche: Life as Literature In this article, I discuss the legacy of Alexander Nehamas’s 1985 book, <i>Nietzsche: Life as Literature</i>. I concentrate on his basic claim that “Nietzsche’s model for the world, for objects, and for people turns out to be the literary text and its components; his model for our relation to the world turns out to be interpretation.” The criticisms of this notion that I raise have to do with whether this “model” accounts for the way Nietzsche understands self-knowledge and self-realization. I note as well the dangers of too aestheticized a view of Nietzsche’s enterprise. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Nietzsche Studies Penn State University Press

Self-Interpreting Selves: Comments on Alexander Nehamas’s Nietzsche: Life as Literature

The Journal of Nietzsche Studies , Volume 45 (2) – Jul 10, 2014

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Abstract

In this article, I discuss the legacy of Alexander Nehamas’s 1985 book, <i>Nietzsche: Life as Literature</i>. I concentrate on his basic claim that “Nietzsche’s model for the world, for objects, and for people turns out to be the literary text and its components; his model for our relation to the world turns out to be interpretation.” The criticisms of this notion that I raise have to do with whether this “model” accounts for the way Nietzsche understands self-knowledge and self-realization. I note as well the dangers of too aestheticized a view of Nietzsche’s enterprise.

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The Journal of Nietzsche StudiesPenn State University Press

Published: Jul 10, 2014

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