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Een boek voor iedereen en niemand, Reading Nietzsche's Zarathoestra

Nietzsche's most famous and infamous book Thus Spoke Zarathustra is perhaps the most read, but probably also the least understood, book in Nietzsche's oeuvre. Nietzsche considered it his highlight. He called it a symphony, a holy book, a fifth gospel and even the greatest gift ever given to humanity. The book defies the boundaries between established genres, disciplines and styles. This makes it an inexhaustibly rich, but also an inscrutable, difficult text.

Johan de Jong, Paul van Tongeren
25 March 2024
Boom filosofie

Introduction and reading guide

Een boek voor iedereen en niemand offers a Dutch language introduction to and a reading guide for reading Nietzsche's Zarathustra. The authors try to make the complex and enigmatic texts accessible, while doing justice to the many sidedness, layeredness and perhaps unreadability of the text. An indispensable book for those who have read Thus Spoke Zarathustra but have not yet understood it properly, or for those who want to read it but are looking for help.

About the authors

Paul van Tongeren is emeritus professor of philosophical ethics at Radboud University and former Denker des Vaderlands (2021-2023). He wrote, among other things, Doodgewone vrienden (2021) and Het Europese nihilisme (revised edition 2023). 

Johan de Jong is assistant professor of continental philosophy at Leiden University. He wrote The Movement of Showing (2020) and published several articles on Kant, Hegel, Heidegger, Nietzsche and Derrida.

With contributions from: Gert-Jan van der Heiden, Johan de Jong, Henk Manschot, Gaila Pander, Paul van Tongeren and Wouter Veldman.

Text and photo Paul van Tongeren are from Boom Filosofie

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