The Gay Science also contains work in moral psychology of the highest sophistication. The book straddles a six-year period when Nietzsche was at his most creative and penetrating. The final Book Five of The Gay Science represents the fully mature Nietzsche in content and in style, covers some of the same ground to the Third Essay of the Genealogy , and can valuably be read in conjunction with the latter, as Nietzsche himself indicates. This Book Five was new to the edition, as were an Appendix of poems and an incisive and autobiographical Preface. The remainder of the work — four Books of aphorisms and a verse Prelude — originates from and heralds the writing of Thus Spoke Zarathustra , to the extent that the last passage of the edition duplicates the opening of Zarathustra with only minor changes. Between the first and second editions, Nietzsche also wrote Beyond Good and Evil and the series of Prefaces to earlier works in which he manages to put his intellectual career into remarkably sharp focus.
Nietzsche and the Madman
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Philosophy Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for those interested in the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence. It only takes a minute to sign up. Connect and share knowledge within a single location that is structured and easy to search. Is Nietzsche trying to reverse this connection? That is Science shouldn't be taken in its contemporary meaning, the exact sciences of mathematics, cosmology and physics; but in the more archaic meaning of scientia ie knowledge itself? The Gay Science is a rambling mass of loosely connected pieces somewhat like the Jewish Wisdom literature in Proverbs or Ecclesiastes.
The Gay Science Summary
Have you not heard of that madman who lit a lantern in the bright morning hours, ran to the marketplace and cried incessantly: "I am looking for God! I am looking for God! As many of those who did not believe in God were standing together there he caused considerable laughter.
These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. There are many important ideas put forth by The Gay Science , but the book seems to be a compendium of various ideas and conclusions. It includes songs.