Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist. By Walter A. Kaufmann. ( Princeton University Press: London, Geoffrey Cumberlege. Pp. Xi + Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist. Walter A. Kaufmann ยท Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l’Etranger (). Book Review:Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist. Walter A. Kaufmann Walter Arnold Kaufmann – – Princeton University Press. Nietzsche.

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This classic is the benchmark against which all modern books about Nietzsche are measured.

When Walter Kaufmann wrote it in the immediate aftermath of World War II, most scholars outside Germany viewed Nietzsche as part madman, part proto-Nazi, and almost wholly unphilosophical. Kaufmann rehabilitated Nietzsche nearly single-handedly, presenting his works as jietzsche of the great achievements of Western philosophy.

Walter A. Kaufmann, Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist – PhilPapers

Responding to the powerful myths and countermyths that had sprung up around Nietzsche, Kaufmann offered a patient, evenhanded account of his life and works, and of the uses and abuses to which subsequent generations had put his ideas. Without ignoring or downplaying the ugliness of many of Nietzsche’s proclamations, he set them in the context of his work as a whole and of the counterexamples yielded by a responsible reading of his books.


More positively, he presented Nietzsche’s ideas about power as one of the great accomplishments of modern philosophy, arguing that his conception of the “will to power” was not a crude apology for ruthless self-assertion but must be linked to Nietzsche’s equally profound ideas about sublimation.

He also presented Nietzsche as a pioneer of modern psychology and argued that a key to understanding his overall philosophy is to see it as a reaction against Christianity. Many scholars in the past half century have taken issue with some of Kaufmann’s interpretations, but the book ranks as one of the most influential niezsche ever written of any major Western thinker.

Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist by Walter Kaufmann

Walter Kaufmann was born in Freiburg, Germany in July 1, He arrived in the United Kaucmann at the age of 17 and became a citizen in He received a B. He was a member of the philosophy department at Princeton University from He was a philosopher, translator, poet, and photographer.


His philosopehr book, a critical study of Nietzsche, was published in He died on September 4, at the age of Account Options Sign in.

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Nietzsche : Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist

Existenz versus the State Darwin and Rousseau. The Discovery of the Will to Power. Sublimation Geist and Eros. Overman and Eternal Recurrence. Nietzsches Repudiation of Christ. Nietzsches Attitude toward Socrates.

Commentary and Facsimile Pages. Bibliography and Key to Abbreviations. Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist Walter A.

Kaufmann Limited preview – Nietzsches Life as Background of His Thought.