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IN NIETZSCHE"S FOOTSTEPS by Jonathan R. Cohen

In Nietzsche’s Footsteps is a philosophical travel memoir recounting a family trip to Nietzsche’s three favorite residences: Nice, France; Turin, Italy; and Sils-Maria, Switzerland. Within this thrilling, vicarious journey we have an earnest discussion and pragmatic reflection on elements of Nietzsche’s biography and philosophy that arise from the voyage....

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IN NIETZSCHE"S FOOTSTEPS by Jonathan R. Cohen

In Nietzsche’s Footsteps is a philosophical travel memoir recounting a family trip to Nietzsche’s three favorite residences: Nice, France; Turin, Italy; and Sils-Maria, Switzerland. Within this thrilling, vicarious journey we have an earnest discussion and pragmatic reflection on elements of Nietzsche’s biography and philosophy that arise from the voyage. The book’s title is meant in two senses. On the one hand, an effort was made to walk on some of the same sidewalks and mountain paths Nietzsche did. On the other, it is meant as an opportunity for the author to reflect on his life as a student of Nietzsche, enacting a Hegelian dialectic while working through some personal questions. In particular, the book wrestles with the contrast between Nietzsche’s philosophy of individualism–which goes hand in hand with his own isolated life, and the author’s life as a family man. Along the way we share parts of Nietzsche’s biography and reflect on some central ideas of his philosophy, including ways in which our culture may or may not have followed in his footsteps as well.In Nietzsche’s Footsteps is a philosophical travel memoir recounting a family trip to Nietzsche’s three favorite residences: Nice, France; Turin, Italy; and Sils-Maria, Switzerland. Within this thrilling, vicarious journey we have an earnest discussion and pragmatic reflection on elements of Nietzsche’s biography and philosophy that arise from the voyage. The book’s title is meant in two senses. On the one hand, an effort was made to walk on some of the same sidewalks and mountain paths Nietzsche did. On the other, it is meant as an opportunity for the author to reflect on his life as a student of Nietzsche, enacting a Hegelian dialectic while working through some personal questions. In particular, the book wrestles with the contrast between Nietzsche’s philosophy of individualism–which goes hand in hand with his own isolated life, and the author’s life as a family man. Along the way we share parts of Nietzsche’s biography and reflect on some central ideas of his philosophy, including ways in which our culture may or may not have followed in his footsteps as well.


In a book that will appeal to specialists and non-specialists alike, Nietzsche’s philosophical ideas and struggles are presented in contexts that are easily understood and related to the question of what it is to live a meaningful, fulfilling life, both  as an individual and within the context of family.

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