In The Art of Reading as a Way of Life: On Nietzsche’s Truth
Daniel T. O’Hara traces critically the current reception and translation of Nietzsche’s corpus and then some of Nietzsche’s boldest textual experiments in the art of reading as a way of life, including those in The Birth of Tragedy, The Gay Science, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, The Anti-Christ,
and Ecce Homo.
The shape of this critical tracing begins, however, in the middle of his career with The Gay Science
andmoves on to Thus Spoke Zarathustra
, which Nietzsche believed was the central work of his life. It then revalues Ecce Homo
, Nietzsche’s final autobiographical statement about his life and career, and concludes with a comparative analysis of two works from the beginning and end of that career: respectively, The Birth of Tragedy
and The Anti-Christ
. O’Hara’s highly original study, which uses Badiou’s theory of the truth-event as a guide, will surely provoke larger conversations across many disciplines.