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Nietzsche (Philologist, Philosopher and Cultural Critic)

Franson Manjali (Author)

The book contains the proceedings of a Seminar, Nietzsche: Philologist, Philosopher and Cultural Critic held at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in November 2004. The papers appearing here were written by scholars from India, France, Germany and Spain. They also come from several disciplinary backgrounds such as Philosophy, Literature, Political Science, Semiotics, Mathematics and Aesthetics. The authors deal with different and varied aspects of the 19th century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche's life and work. Nietzsche has been one of the most important influences on contemporary cultural criticism. Post-structural and post-modern thought in the late 20th century French context owes much to Nietzsche's philosophical critique of European culture, in particular and by extension, of any totalising cultural, political and ethical theory or practice anywhere. Beginning his career as a trained philologist, Nietzsche employed a mode of critical hermeneutics in order to deconstruct the highly cherished values and orientations of Europe, especially those associated with post-Socratic Greek thought, puritan Christianity and modern science. Nietzsche's critical relationship with philology was similar to that between post-structuralism and structuralism in the 20th century. Nietzsche was a controversial, colourful and multifaceted philosopher. The effects of his philosophy have been felt in fields as diverse as literature, aesthetics, religion, ethics, music criticism, ecology and feminism. The over-valuation of art with respect to the domain of knowledge was one of his enduring contributions to modern / post-modern philosophy. Nietzsche is also known, not the least, as a stylist of philosophical writing: the transformation and transgression of the limits of the dominant discourse being one of his more important philosophical concerns.

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About the author

Franson Manjali

Franson Manjali teaches linguistics and semiotics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He translated from French Jean-Luc Nancy's Philosophicla Chronicles (2007). He has recently edited Post-Structuralism and Cultural Theory (2006) and Nietzsche: Philogist, Philosopher and Cultural Critic (2006). His major publications include Literature and Infinity (20010, Meaning, Culture and Cognition (2000) and Nuclear Semantics-Towards Theory of Relational Meaning (1991).

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Title Nietzsche (Philologist, Philosopher and Cultural Critic)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9798184240213
length 206p., 10.00 X 7.50cm.