The Mask of Enlightenment


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Nietzsche’s Zarathustra, Second Edition
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Stanley Rosen; With a new foreword by Michael Allen Gillespie

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This landmark study is a detailed textual and thematic analysis of one of Nietzsche’s most important but least understood works. Stanley Rosen argues that in Zarathustra Nietzsche lays the groundwork for philosophical and political revolution, proposing a change in humanity’s condition that would be achieved by eliminating the decadent existing race and breeding a new race to take its place. Rosen discusses Nietzsche’s systematically duplicitous rhetoric of esoteric messages in Zarathustra, and he places the book in the contexts of Greek, Christian, Enlightenment, and postmodernist thought.

Stanley Rosen is Border Parker Bowne Professor of Philosophy at Boston University. He is the author of many books including Plato’s Statesman and The Elusiveness of the Ordinary, both published by Yale University Press.

"Rosen’s book represents an important contribution to the discussion of Nietzsche as political philosopher."—Kathleen Higgins, University of Texas, Austin

“The signal and almost unique contribution of Stanley Rosen’s work, The Mask of Enlightenment . . . is a philosophic assessment of [Zarathustra] and Nietzsche’s thought in general.”—Michael Allen Gillespie, from the foreword

ISBN: 9780300104516
Publication Date: December 11, 2004
288 pages, 6 x 9
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