Book Review: Nietzsche’s Final Teaching, by Michael Allen Gillespie

Date01 June 2019
Published date01 June 2019
Subject MatterBook Reviews
424 Political Theory 47(3)
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Nietzsche’s Final Teaching, by Michael Allen Gillespie. Chicago: University of Chicago
Press, 2017, 264 pp.
Reviewed by: Shilo Brooks, Herbst Program of Humanities in Engineering, University
of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA
DOI: 10.1177/0090591718785361
Friedrich Nietzsche’s intellectual life came to an abrupt halt in 1889 after he
suffered a mental breakdown on a street corner in Italy. As the decades since
his collapse have multiplied, so too have the scholarly interpretations of his
work. Nietzsche’s late writings, which are among the few books of philoso-
phy still kept in perpetual stock in bookstores, have stimulated the thought of
Heidegger, Arendt, Foucault, Strauss, Habermas, and Derrida, to name just a
few. For all of the attention he has received during the past century, it is sur-
prising that the doctrine upon which much of his final teaching was staked is
still so mysterious to so many of his readers. This doctrine is known as the
doctrine of the eternal recurrence of the same. It is frequently decoupled from
treatments of other aspects of his late thought on account of its almost mysti-
cal inscrutability.

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