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Keith Ansell-Pearson

Keith Ansell-Pearson is Professor of Philosophy and Director of Graduate Research at the University of Warwick. His books include An Introduction to Nietzsche as Political Thinker. He is the editor of The Nietzsche Reader and the Blackwell Companion to Nietzsche.


How To Read Nietzsche

Keith Ansell-Pearson

‘My humanity is a constant self-overcoming’ Friedrich Nietzsche

Nietzsche’s thinking revolves around a new and striking concept of humanity – a humanity which has come to terms with the death of God and practises the art and science of living well, free of the need for metaphysical certainties and moral absolutes. How, then, are we to live? And what do we love?

Keith Ansell-Pearson introduces the reader to Nietzsche’s distinctive philosophical style and to the development of his thought. Through a series of close readings of Nietzsche’s aphorisms he illuminates some ofhis best-known but often ill-understood ideas, including eternal recurrence and the superman, the death of God and the will to power, and brings to light the challenging nature of Nietzsche’s thinking on key topics such as beauty, truth and memory. Extracts are taken from a range of Nietzsche’s work, including Human, All Too Human, The Gay Science, Thus Spoke Zarathustra and On the Genealogy of Morality.