Journal of the History of Philosophy 34 (3):470-471 (1996)

Alan Schrift
Grinnell College
47 ~ JOURNAL OF THE HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY 34:3 JULY 1996 Keith Ansell-Pearson. An Introduction to Nietzsche as a Political Thinker: The Perfect Nihil- /st. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994. Pp. xix + 243. Cloth, $54.95. Paper, $14.95. Keith Ansell-Pearson is an exceedingly well-informed and sensitive reader of Nietzsche 9 who aims to write a text that will introduce the reader both to Nietzsche's thought as a whole and to his overt political thinking. He succeeds admirably; his text is a fine "introduction to Nietzsche as a political thinker" that goes well beyond the level of the merely introductory. Thoughtfully organized and written in clear, engaging prose, Ansell-Pearson's text provides a thorough survey of Nietzsche's works. Ranging from his early unpublished essay "The Greek State" to his final thoughts on "great politics," Ansell-Pearson makes a strong case to support his central thesis, namely, that "from his early reflections on the Greek agon to his attempt to write a genealogy..
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