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What a Philosopher Is: Becoming Nietzsche

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2018.10.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Laurence Lampert, What a Philosopher Is: Becoming Nietzsche, University of Chicago Press, 2017, 349pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780226488110. Reviewed by Joel E. Mann, St. Norbert College Laurence Lampert's ambition is to trace the arc of Nietzsche's becoming Nietzsche. This might appear yet another stab at literary biography, but, since Nietzsche considered himself (among other things) a philosopher, it cannot be reduced to such. That is, what Nietzsche thought a philosopher ought to be, which is inseparable from the question of what philosophy is, matters. How a great philosopher understood his task is of the utmost historical importance, surely, but it is also of import for the business of philosophy itself, since philosophers themselves wear their own methodological self-awareness as a badge of honor. All of the above is perhaps especially true in Nietzsche's case, as scholars and enthusiasts will be. . .

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