Cover for RÉE: Basic Writings. Click for larger image
Ebook Information

Basic Writings

The first English translations of two of the German philosopher Paul Ree’s most important works

This book contains the first English translations of The Origin of the Moral Sensations and Psychological Observations, the two most important works by the German philosopher Paul Rée. These essays present Rée’s moral philosophy, which influenced the ideas of his close friend Friedrich Nietzsche considerably.

Nietzsche scholars have often incorrectly attributed to him arguments and ideas that are Rée’s and have failed to detect responses to Rée’s works in Nietzsche’s writings. Rée’s thinking combined two strands: a pessimistic conception of human nature, presented in the French moralists’ aphoristic style that would become a mainstay of Nietzsche’s own writings, and a theory of morality derived from Darwin’s theory of natural selection. Rée’s moral Darwinism was a central factor prompting Nietzsche to write On the Genealogy of Morals and the groundwork for much of today’s “evolutionary ethics.”

In an illuminating critical introduction, Robin Small examines Rée’s life and work, locating his application of evolutionary concepts to morality within a broader history of Darwinism while exploring Rée’s theoretical and personal relationship with Nietzsche. In placing Nietzsche in his intellectual and social context, Small profoundly challenges the myth of Nietzsche as a solitary thinker.

To order online:
//www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/64sgd3fs9780252028182.html

To order by phone:
(800) 621-2736 (USA/Canada)
(773) 702-7000 (International)

Related Titles

previous book next book
Nietzsche - Cover
Nietzsche

Lou Salomé

The Work of Memory - Cover
The Work of Memory

New Directions in the Study of German Society and Culture

Edited by Alon Confino and Peter Fritzsche

The Age of Noise in Britain - Cover
The Age of Noise in Britain

Hearing Modernity

James G. Mansell

Nietzsche's Sister and the Will to Power - Cover
Nietzsche's Sister and the Will to Power

A Biography of Elisabeth Förster-Nietzsche

Carol Diethe

Nietzsche's Perspectivism - Cover
Nietzsche's Perspectivism

Steven Hales and Rex Welshon

Radical Visions and American Dreams - Cover
Radical Visions and American Dreams

Culture and Social Thought in the Depression Years

Richard H. Pells

Journal of Animal Ethics - Cover
Journal of Animal Ethics

Edited by Andrew Linzey and Priscilla N. Cohn

Nietzsche’s Philosophical Context - Cover
Nietzsche’s Philosophical Context

An Intellectual Biography

Thomas H. Brobjer

Doing Emotions History - Cover
Doing Emotions History

Edited by Susan J. Matt and Peter N. Stearns

Immigrant Minds, American Identities - Cover
Immigrant Minds, American Identities

Making the United States Home, 1870-1930

Orm Överland

Classical American Pragmatism - Cover
Classical American Pragmatism

Its Contemporary Vitality

Edited by Sandra B. Rosenthal, Carl R. Hausman, and Douglas R. Anderson

Refiguring Mass Communication - Cover
Refiguring Mass Communication

A History

Peter Simonson

The University of Illinois, 1894-1904 - Cover
The University of Illinois, 1894-1904

The Shaping of the University

Winton U. Solberg

 
Close
Basic Writings ebook is available for immediate download from the following vendors:
Amazon.com
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
Google Play