Hiking with Nietzsche
For John Kaag, that philosophical quest encompassed two journeys 17 years apart to the mountain peaks above Sils-Maria, Switzerland, where noted German philosopher, essayist, and cultural critic Friedrich Nietzsche wrote his landmark Thus Spoke Zarathustra.
In a discussion of his new book Hiking with Nietzsche: Becoming Who You Are, Kaag recounts those experiences and what he came to understand—with Nietzsche’s help—about the human condition, about defeating complacency, balancing sanity and madness, and coming to grips with the unobtainable.
Kaag, a professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, is also the author of American Philosophy: A Love Story.
Co-presented by Rainy Day Books.