Walter Kaufmann: Philosopher, Humanist, Heretic

The first complete account of the ideas and writings of a major figure in twentieth-century intellectual life


$24.95 / £20.00
Published (US):
Nov 3, 2020
Published (UK):
Nov 2, 2020
6.13 x 9.25 in.
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Walter Kaufmann (1921–1980) was a charismatic philosopher, critic, translator, and poet who fled Nazi Germany at the age of eighteen, emigrating alone to the United States. He single-handedly rehabilitated Nietzsche’s reputation after World War II and was enormously influential in introducing postwar American readers to existentialism. Stanley Corngold provides the first in-depth study of Kaufmann’s thought, showing how he speaks to many issues that concern us today. Kaufmann was astonishingly prolific until his untimely death at age fifty-nine, writing some dozen major books, all marked by breathtaking erudition and a provocative essayistic style. Corngold introduces Kaufmann to a new generation of readers, vividly portraying the intellectual life of one of the twentieth century’s most engaging and neglected thinkers.

Awards and Recognition

  • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title of the Year