Golomb, Jacob Nietzsche and Zion

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"Nietzsche's ideas were widely disseminated among and appropriated by the first Hebrew Zionist writers and leaders. It seems quite appropriate, then, that the first Zionist Congress was held in Basle, where Nietzsche spent several years as a professor of classical philology. This coincidence gains profound significance when we see Nietzsche's impact on the first Zionist leaders and writers in Europe as well as his presence in Palestine and, later, in the State of Israel."―from the Introduction

The early Zionists were deeply concerned with the authenticity of the modern Jew qua person and with the content and direction of the reawakening Hebrew culture. Nietzsche too was propagating his highest ideal of a personal authenticity. Yet the affinities in their thought, and the formative impact of Nietzsche on the first leaders and writers of the Zionist movement, have attracted very little attention from intellectual historians. Indeed, the antisemitic uses to which Nietzsche's thought was turned after his death have led most commentators to assume the philosopher's antipathy to Jewish aspirations. Jacob Golomb proposes a Nietzsche whose sympathies overturn such preconceptions and details for the first time how Nietzsche's philosophy inspired Zionist leaders, ideologues, and writers to create a modern Hebrew culture. Golomb cites Ahad Ha'am, Micha Josef Berdichevski, Martin Buber, Theodor Herzl, Max Nordau, and Hillel Zeitlin as examples of Zionists who "dared to look into Nietzsche's abyss." This book tells us what they found.

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Jacob Golomb is Professor of Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of Nietzsche's Enticing Psychology of Power and In Search of Authenticity. He is editor of Nietzsche and the Austrian Culture and coeditor of Nietzsche and Jewish Culture; Nietzsche, The Godfather of Fascism?; and Nietzsche and Depth Psychology. He also acts as the Editor of Philosophy at the Hebrew University Magnes Press and is director of the Center for Austrian Studies at that university.

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"Jacob Golomb's Nietzsche and Zion explores a half-hidden dialogue between the ghost of Friedrich Nietzsche and the founders and proponents of Zionism. Given the misuse of Nietzsche's thought by the Nazis, Golomb's book helps us to better understand its role in shaping the modern world."

(Sander L. Gilman, Director, Program in Jewish Studies, The University of Illinois at Chicago)

"Nietzsche and Zion represents the most comprehensive effort yet on the part of any scholar to survey the impact of Nietzsche's thought on the intellectual development of a variety of crucial Zionist thinkers in Central and Eastern Europe. Jacob Golomb is singularly well equipped to undertake this effort. His knowledge of the Nietzschean corpus is very thorough. He displays intimate knowledge of the lives and minds of each of the main figures in the book, illuminating the ways in which some of them borrowed from Nietzsche even as they abandoned him."

(Allan Arkush, author of Moses Mendelssohn and the Enlightenment)

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