Walter Stewart continues his work on My Sister and I by moving beyond the circular arguments concerning authorship and by taking on the complete text in order to determine first, precisely what actually is in it; second, to what degree it reflects Nietzsche’s thinking; and third, how it squares with the rest of his philosophy.
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Walter Stewart continues his work on My Sister and I by moving beyond the circular arguments concerning authorship and by taking on the complete text in order to determine first, precisely what actually is in it; second, to what degree it reflects Nietzsche’s thinking; and third, how it squares with the rest of his philosophy. In order to achieve these aims, the text is investigated, analyzed and interpreted in full detail. The result is that Stewart elucidates how Nietzsche may have understood this curious work, why he might have chosen to explain himself in this way, and finally the degree to which the unique viewpoint represented in My Sister and I contributes to a better understanding of Nietzsche’s works as a whole and may invite reconsideration of his perspectives in Western Thought.
Our previous volume, Nietzsche My Sister and I: A Critical Study,
examined past criticism in order to determine the truth concerning
claims that the book was a forgery. The results of the detailed study
unequivocally refuted every claim made against My Sister and I as false,
point-by-point. Moreover, the study clearly demonstrated that from
any objective perspective and analysis the fact that Nietzsche may well
have penned the book himself is more than a mere possibility. At the
same time, however, we must make it crystal clear that without an original
manuscript, authenticity can never be confirmed definitively.
Ironically, this state of affairs leaves My Sister and I approximately
in the same position as many other works that exist without original
manuscripts including all of the writings of Plato and Aristotle, the Bible,
the Gospels, the letters of St. Paul, The Iliad, The Odyssey, and many more
works, communications, and records of all sorts that are strewn across
history. What has been passed down to us as famous documents and
sources in some instances actually are only copies or transcriptions that
we choose to believe in. Some have been accepted without much of a
pedigreed provenance only because we have decided that what they
relate is important to us. My Sister and I, on the other hand, has not
been accorded as fair a hearing as it should have from the day it was
published, and it is time to set the record straight as to what relevance it
might have to Nietzsche scholarship in general.
Inevitably, all of the past arguments concerning My Sister and I always
return to the same question of an original manuscript. However, the
present volume is designed to take the study of the book in a new and
hopefully more positive and beneficial direction in order to reveal
what is really in it apart from all of the circular arguments concerning
authenticity. We hope that perhaps such an analysis will show that this
work too is important in the study of this great philosopher.