Featured Reviews – Friedrich Nietzsche and European Nihilism

At Cambridge Scholars Publishing, we work hard to ensure that our books are read and reviewed in the largest and most influential scholarly journals. We recognise that having respected scholars engaging with our authors’ work is one of the most important parts of the publication process. This month, we are delighted to share news of two new reviews of one of our best-received books from 2018: Friedrich Nietzsche and European Nihilism.

Authored by renowned Nietzsche scholar and Professor Emeritus of Moral Philosophy at Radboud University, Paul van Tongeren, this book is set to become the new standard work on Nietzsche’s understanding and theorisation of nihilism. However, the book is much more than this, and offers nothing less than a critical, detailed history of nihilism for the early days of Christianity to the present.

The book has recently been reviewed in The Agonist and The Journal of European Studies. Here is what the reviewers had to say:

“Van Tongeren packs quite a lot into this relatively thin monograph, resulting in a dense text best suited for slow, focused reading. Given the incredibly wide scope of the work— his account begins with a “pre-history” of nihilism founded in Christianity, moves through the Anglophone reception of Nietzsche in works as recent as Reginster’s The Affirmation of Life (2006), and locates manifestations of nihilism not only in philosophy and political history but also, appropriately, in literature – it is a happy surprise to discover the project itself still treats its topics with precision and in sufficient detail. This ability to distill such a vast amount of information into clear, pithy sentences is a true virtue of the work, and surely results from van Tongeren’s lifelong engagement with Nietzsche’s thought.”

–Kaitlyn Creasy, The Agonist (Fall 2018)

“This book offers nothing less than a concise yet comprehensive introduction to a vast topic in Nietzsche’s thought, spreading the fruits of his course at Nijmegen to a wider audience. As the choice of cover illustration (Albrecht Dürer’s Ritter, Tod und Teufel) reminds us, Nietzsche used this work in The Birth of Tragedy as an emblem for Schopenhauerian philosophy: like Dürer’s knight, Schopenhauer ‘lacked all hope, but desired truth’ (§20). How the transformation wrought when ‘the desert of our exhausted culture’ is changed when touched by ‘the Dionysian magic’ (§20) can be transferred into one’s experience of everyday life lies, understandably enough, outside the scope of this study.”

–Paul Bishop, Journal of European Studies (2018)

Not only this, a review will shortly be published on the acclaimed Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, written by Matthew Meyer. The book itself is available to purchase now directly from Cambridge Scholars. Please click here to see more, and to read a 30 page excerpt from the book including the table of contents.

We are always very happy to hear from authors with reviews of their titles and have published an ever-increasing number of reviews on our website. Being well-reviewed is a strong selling point for any book, and at Cambridge Scholars we have a number of ways in which we can help authors and editors to this end.

In the first instance, following publication our dedicated Reviews Editor will contact individuals and publications from our wide-ranging list of contacts. We have up to 20 review copies to send directly to any interested scholars or publications as standard. We appreciate that our authors have specialist knowledge in their subject areas, and we always welcome suggestions of potential reviewers both during and after publication.

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