Looking After Nietzsche

Edited by Laurence A. Rickels

Subjects: Heidegger
Series: SUNY series, Intersections: Philosophy and Critical Theory
Paperback : 9780791401576, 265 pages, October 1989
Hardcover : 9780791401569, 265 pages, October 1989

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Table of contents


1. Interpreting Signatures (Nietzsche/Heidegger): Two Questions Jacques Derrida

2. The Promise of Interpretation: Reflections on the Hermeneutical Imperative in Kant and Nietzsche
Werner Hamacher

3. Nietzsche's Thesis on Teleology
Jean-Luc Nancy

4. "Our Probity!" On Truth in the Moral Sense in Nietzsche
Jean-Luc Nancy

5. Metaphoric Architectures
Sarah Kofman

6. Ecce Homo or the Written Body
Rodolphe Gasché

7. Friedrich Nichte
Laurence Rickels

8. Nietzsche Medused
Bernard Pautrat

9. How the Fable Becomes a World
Peter Canning

10. The Mechanized Philosopher
Friedrich Kittler

11. History and Mimesis
Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe

12. Namely, Eckermann
Avital Ronell



This book, like the post-Heideggerian reception of Nietzsche, rides out the splits and frays of the text offering an up-to-date look at international Nietzsche scholarship. Included are topics such as the collaboration of German thought with the rise of National Socialism and the alliance between Nietzschean genealogy and Freudian culture criticism in regard to technology and the unconscious, the status of moral imperatives from Kant to Heidegger, and Heidegger's alleged rediscovery of Nietzsche as the "last metaphysician." Looking After Nietzsche is nonexclusionary in the risks it takes; every thread of "Nietzsche" is pursued throughout its labyrinthine entanglements.

Laurence A. Rickels is Professor of German in the Department of Germanic, Oriental and Slavic Languages and Literatures at University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Aberrations of Mourning: Writing on German Crypts and Der unbetrauerbare Tod and editor of Gottfried Keller's Jugenddramen.


"This book crosses disciplines between philosophy, psychology, and literary theory. The book properly reflects the fact that Nietzsche is oftentimes the gathering place for this sort of important interaction." — Walter Brogan, Villanova University