Francis Fukuyama of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies writes an abstract of a new biography of Nietzsche for the New York Times. The biography, written by Julian Young and titled, A Philosophical Biography of Friedrich Nietzsche, avoids overly psychologizing reducing the philosopher to  “fluke in the philosopher’s personal development.” This largely positive review highlights some of the stronger aspects of the biography and focuses mainly on the formative events in Nietzsche’s life including his relationship with Wagner and some of his failures with women.
Nietzsche’s life is important regardless of what one thinks of his philosophy and another view into that life is certainly welcome.
This is Part 4 of a 4-part series on the academic, and specifically philosophical study of disagreement. In Part 1...