Nietzsche: A Complete Introduction: Teach Yourself

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Written by Dr Roy Jackson, who is Course Leader in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics at the University of Gloucestershire, Nietzsche: A Complete Introduction is designed to give you everything you need to succeed, all in one place. It covers the key areas that students are expected to be confident in, outlining the basics in clear jargon-free English, and then providing added-value features like summaries of key books, and even lists of questions you might be asked in your seminar or exam.

The book uses a structure that mirrors the way Nietzsche is studied on many university courses, with chapters looking at Nietzsche's life, The Birth of Tragedy, the revaluation of all values, the will to power, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, truth and perspectivism, religion, politics, and Nietsche's legacy.

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Roy Jackson is Reader in Philosophy of Religion at the University of Gloucestershire. His specialist interests include Islamic philosophy, Nietzsche, philosophy of religion, and existentialism. His latest book, What is Islamic Philosophy? Will be published by Routledge in October 2013.
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Teach Yourself
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Published on
May 30, 2014
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256
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9781473601512
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English
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Philosophy / Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Philosophy / Metaphysics
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