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Individuality and Beyond: Nietzsche Reads Emerson

Benedetta Zavatta


Based on an analysis of the marginal markings and annotations Nietzsche made to the works of Emerson in his personal library, the book offers a philosophical interpretation of the impact on Nietzsche’s thought of his reading of these works, a reading that began when he was a schoolboy and extended to the final years of his conscious life. The many ideas and sources of inspiration that Nietzsche drew from Emerson can be organized in terms of two main lines of thought. The first line leads in the direction of the development of the individual personality, that is, the achievement of critical thi ... More

Keywords: individuality, autonomy, originality, self-reliance, skepticism, intellectual nomadism, self-overcoming, great man

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190929213
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190929213.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benedetta Zavatta, author