Basel in the Age of Burckhardt: A Study in Unseasonable Ideas

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This remarkable history tells the story of the independent city-republic of Basel in the nineteenth century, and of four major thinkers who shaped its intellectual history: the historian Jacob Burckhardt, the philologist and anthropologist Johann Jacob Bachofen, the theologian Franz Overbeck, and the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.

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Teemingly rich and wondrously entertaining."-Edward T. Oakes, First Things

This remarkable history tells the story of the city-republic of Basel in the nineteenth century, and of four major thinkers who shaped its intellectual life: historian Jacob Burckhardt, philologist Johann Jacob Bachofen, theologian Franz Overbeck, and philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.

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Lionel Gossman is a professor emeritus of Romance Languages and Literatures at Princeton University.

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