Friday, April 10, 2009
Sinhababu, Neil. Review of James Luchte, ed. NIETZSCHE'S THUS SPOKE ZARATHRUSTRA. NDPR (April 2009).
Luchte, James, ed. Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra: Before Sunrise. London: Continuum, 2008. As James Luchte writes in his introduction, Thus Spoke Zarathustra "simultaneously plays in the fields of literature and of philosophy" (1). This is part of why Zarathustra is both delightful to read and difficult to understand. Even as its enchanting images and metaphors draw us in, they often leave us puzzled about its philosophical content. Help in solving its riddles would replace our puzzlement with a better understanding of Nietzsche's philosophy, and give us the greater appreciation that one has for a good riddle when one knows the answer. Some of the essays in this volume help us, either by interpreting difficult passages or by presenting interpretive hypotheses that allow us to make better sense of the text. Those who would like to better understand Zarathustra will gain by reading them. . . . Read the rest here: .