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Martin Woessner

How Americans Have Received Nietzsche and Heidegger and Why It Matters

If you haven’t yet read James Livingston’s JAH review of Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen’s American Nietzsche, well, what are you waiting for? Here’s a snippet from the introductory paragraph: “This book could rehabilitate the project of intellectual history, which, notwithstanding its recent resurgence—as witness the recent founding of the journal Modern Intellectual History and its flamboyant other, the Society for U.S. Intellectual History—has lately suffered from its understandable urge to interpret the big ideas of famous or influential intellectuals, a small, typically neurotic, and unenviable slice of modern industrial society.” You might also be interested in my Reviews in American History essay Read more