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'Pioneering', writes reviewer of Nietzsche and Friendship!

Updated: Feb 4, 2019

Two reviews of Nietzsche and Friendship from Professor Richard White and Professor Catherine Malabou can be found on the Bloomsbury website.

White writes, 'Nietzsche valued friendship, and this pioneering study shows how Nietzsche's own discussion of friendship is absolutely crucial for understanding his philosophy. Through a very careful and perceptive reading of Nietzsche's texts, Verkerk argues that Nietzsche's ideas about friendship are empowering – and in this way she makes a strong case for the relevance of Nietzsche's thought in contemporary debates concerning friendship, gender relations, and love'.

Malabou writes, ““We were friends and have become estranged. (…) We are two ships each of which has its goal and course. (…) Perhaps we shall meet again but fail to recognize each other: our exposure to different seas and suns has changed us!”, says Nietzsche in The Gay Science. Attentive to all possible meanings of such a change, Verkerk explores with remarkable scrutiny the singular destiny of friendship, which reveals its metamorphic power only after it has died - posthumous birth of new identities'.

To find out more about the book, go to the Bloomsbury web page:

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