Keith Ansell-Pearson, Rebecca Bamford.

Nietzsche’s Dawn: Philosophy, Ethics, and the Passion of Knowledge

   Published in 1881, Dawn: Thoughts on the Presumptions of Morality (sometimes translated as Daybreak) was written at a turning point in Nietzsche’s intellectual life and marks a significant departure from the German philosophical tradition of the nineteenth century. Though groundbreaking in many ways, Dawn remains the least studied text in Nietzsche’s body of work, but has experienced a resurgence of interest as trends in contemporary research have focused on Nietzsche’s naturalism and his futurism. In Nietzsche’s Dawn: Philosophy, Ethics, and the Passion of Knowledge, authors Keith Ansell-Pearson and Rebecca Bamford undertake a thorough analysis of the second installment in Nietzsche’s so-called free spirit trilogy.

   Nietzsche’s Dawn articulates Dawn’s nascent contributions to the signature doctrines of Nietzsche’s mature scholarship, and examines the continuing relevance of his critique of fear, superstition, and moral and religious fanaticism. Ansell-Pearson and Bamford highlight Dawn’s social-psychological insights and its critical reflections on traditional morality, making connections with recent scholarship on skepticism, ethical naturalism and experimentalism, and the art of living well. The volume opens with an introduction to Dawn and to reading Nietzsche’s work, surveying his literary and philosophical influences to give a full picture of Dawn’s cultural and ideological context. Later chapters address a wide range of topics relevant to Dawn, including presumptions of customary morality, hatred of the self, free-minded thinking, and the commitment to the pursuit of the passion of knowledge.

   Original and incisive, Nietzsche’s Dawn imaginatively explores one of Nietzsche’s most underappreciated major works, and is essential reading for scholars and interpreters of Nietzsche and his middle-period writings, as well as general readers with an interest in his life and thought.


Wiley Blackwell


288 pages

ISBN : 978-1-119-69366-6



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