Nineteenth-century German philosopher and classical philologist. He wrote critical texts on religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy, and science, using a distinctive German language style and displaying a fondness for metaphor and aphorism. Nietzsche's influence remains substantial within and beyond philosophy, notably in existentialism and postmodernism.
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This book may need more than one preface, and in the end there would still remain room for doubt whether anyone who had never lived through similar experiences could be brought closer to the experience of this book by means of prefaces. It seems to be written in the language of the wind that thaws ice and snow: high spirits, unrest, contradiction, and April weather are present in it, and one is instantly reminded no less of the proximity of winter than of the triumph over the winter that is coming, must come, and perhaps has already come. Gratitude pours forth continually, as if the unexpected had just happened—the gratitude of a convalescent—for convalescence was unexpected.
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The Gay Science also contains work in moral psychology of the highest sophistication. The book straddles a six-year period when Nietzsche was at his most creative and penetrating. The final Book Five of The Gay Science represents the fully mature Nietzsche in content and in style, covers some of the same ground to the Third Essay of the Genealogyand can valuably be read in conjunction with the latter, as Nietzsche himself indicates.