By Walter Arnold Kaufmann
during this moment quantity of a trilogy that represents a landmark contribution to philosophy, psychology, and highbrow historical past, Walter Kaufmann has chosen 3 seminal figures of the modem interval who've extensively altered our figuring out of what it really is to be human. His interpretations of Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Buber are full of life, obtainable, and penetrating, and within the top scholarly culture they problem and revise approved views.
After an introductory bankruptcy on Kierkegaard and Schopenhauer, with specific realization to the former's perspectives on depression and the latter's on madness and repression, Kaufmann argues that Nietzsche was once the 1st nice intensity psychologist and exhibits how he revolutionized human self-understanding. Nietzsche's psychology, together with his interesting psychology of mask, is mentioned totally and expertly.
Heidegger's model of existentialism is herein subjected to a devastating assault. After criticizing it, Kaufmann indicates how an identical mentality unearths expression in Heidegger's philosophy and in his now-infamous pro-Nazi writings. the following, as in his images of alternative significant thinkers, the author's drawback is to teach that his topics are of 1 piece.
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