Hiking with Nietzsche

John Kaag

Published: 2 January 2020
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 272 pages
ISBN: 9781783784950

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Published: 7 March 2019
Hardback, Demy HB
138x216mm, 272 pages
ISBN: 9781783784943

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About the author

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John Kaag is a professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He is the author of American Philosophy: A Love Story, which was an NPR Best Book of 2016 and a New York Times Editors' Choice. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Harper's Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, and many other publications. More about the author


‘[Kaag] writes extremely well... clearly and with scholarly precision, but also personally and stylishly... An excellent introduction to Nietzsche's big ideas [and] Kaag brings a remarkable set of skills to the project... Remarkable



A gripping and deeply involving weave of memoir and philosophy. In Alpine hiking, John Kaag finds the perfect analogue for Nietzsche's writings, bringing out all the risks, failures and sublimities to be discovered in each. He reminds us vividly that philosophy isn't an indulgence in hermetic abstraction, but a matter of life and death’ Josh Cohen, author

‘A fantastically well-written and engaging primer on Nietzsche's life and work ... FascinatingRoger Cox

‘A searing, very personal journey through John Kaag's own Nietzschean abyss’ Sue Prideaux, author

‘A thoughtful mix of biography and memoir’

‘An utterly extraordinary book about the paths we tread. It holds you very close and meticulously unravels your soul’ Derren Brown

‘Kaag is a lively storyteller who brings Nietzsche's life into continual contact with his own... [He] challenges his readers to be what they might become’ Steven B Smith

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