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Author Corngold, Stanley, author

Title Walter Kaufmann : philosopher, humanist, heretic / Stanley Corngold
Published Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, [2019]
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Contents Nietzsche redivivus -- Raw life -- Cleaning the stables -- Transcending the human -- The riches of the world -- A Contempt for popularity -- Stories of religion -- Living with Hegel -- The philosophy of tragedy -- Tragedy as philosophy -- Against decrepit ideas -- The places of religion -- This priceless heritage -- What is man's lot? -- Philosophy as psychology -- Opium of the intellectuals -- Unsubdued quarrels -- Epilogue -- Postscript. Contra Nietzsche
Summary The first complete account of the ideas and writings of a major figure in twentieth-century intellectual life. Walter Kaufmann (1921-1980) was a charismatic philosopher, critic, translator, and poet who fled Nazi Germany at the age of eighteen, emigrating alone to the United States. He was astonishingly prolific until his untimely death at age fifty-nine, writing some dozen major books, all marked by breathtaking erudition and a provocative essayistic style. He single-handedly rehabilitated Nietzsche's reputation after World War II and was enormously influential in introducing postwar American readers to existentialism. Until now, no book has examined his intellectual legacy. Stanley Corngold provides the first in-depth study of Kaufmann's thought, covering all his major works. He shows how Kaufmann speaks to many issues that concern us today, such as the good of philosophy, the effects of religion, the persistence of tragedy, and the crisis of the humanities in an age of technology. Few scholars in modern times can match Kaufmann's range of interests, from philosophy and literature to intellectual history and comparative religion, from psychology and photography to art and architecture. Corngold provides a heartfelt portrait of a man who, to an extraordinary extent, transfigured his personal experience in the pages of his books.This original study, both appreciative and critical, is the definitive intellectual life of one of the twentieth century's most engaging yet neglected thinkers. It will introduce Kaufmann to a new generation of readers and serves as a fitting tribute to a scholar's incomparable libido sciendi, or lust for knowledge
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed October 8, 2018)
Subject Kaufmann, Walter, 1921-1980.
Intellectuals -- United States -- Biography.
Philosophers -- United States -- Biography.
Philosophy and religion.
Genre/Form Biography.
Biographies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0691184062 (electronic bk.)
9780691184067 (electronic bk.)