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Name:  Richard Lawrence Schacht  

Pen Name: Richard Schacht, Professor Richard Schacht


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1941 in Racine, Wisconsin

-- Richard Lawrence Schacht on WorldCat --

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Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Biographical and Professional Information

Richard Schacht is a philosopher and professor emeritus at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is a renowned expert on the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche, is the editor of International Nietzsche Studies and is Executive Director of the North American Nietzsche Society. His philosophical interests include continental philosophy, particularly Friedrich Nietzsche and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and concepts such as human nature, alienation, and value theory.Along with the books he has written, he has also edited several books including ''Nietzsche: Selections''; ''Nietzsche, Genealogy, Morality''; and ''Human, All Too Human''.

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Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 0041500342

Allen & Unwin. 1971

Hegel and After: Studies in Continental Philosophy Between Kant and Sartre
ISBN: 0822932873

Univ of Pittsburgh Pr. 1975

Hegel and After was written for scholars and students interested in European philosophers between Kant and Sartre, this book is a series of studies of the most influential Continental thinks of the period.

Classical Modern Philosophers: Descartes to Kant
ISBN: 0415065771

Routledge. 1984

Descartes, Leibniz, Spinoza, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant: these are the seven philosophers who stand out from the rest in what is known as the `modern' period in philosophy. Their thought defines the mainstream of classical or early modern philosophy, largely responsible for shaping philosophy as we now know it.
In a clear and lively style, Richard Schacht has written a thorough introduction to the work of these seven founding fathers of modern philosophy. The bibliography has been updated for this revised edition to take account of the recent explosion of writings on modern philosophy.

Nietzsche (Arguments of the Philosophers)
ISBN: 0415090717

Routledge. 1985

Few philosophers have been as widely misunderstood as Nietzsche. His detractors and followers alike have often fundamentally misinterpreted him, distorting his views and intentions and criticizing or celebrating him for reasons removed from the views he actually held. Now Nietzsche assesses his place in European thought, concentrating upon his writings in the last decade of his productive life.

The Future of Alienation
ISBN: 0252063864

University of Illinois Press. 1994

Includes essays which call for a rethinking of a variety of forms of alienation in light of contemporary dynamics and an understanding of the dialectic of human selfhood and social participation.

Making Sense of Nietzsche: REFLECTIONS TIMELY AND UNTIMELY (International Nietzsche Studies)
ISBN: 0252021258

University of Illinois Press. 1995

Finding an Ending: Reflections on Wagner's Ring
ISBN: 0195183606

Oxford University Press. 2005

Few musical works loom as large in Western culture as Richard Wagner's four-part Ring of the Nibelung. In Finding an Ending, two eminent philosophers, Philip Kitcher and Richard Schacht, offer an illuminating look at this greatest of Wagner's achievements, focusing on its far-reaching and subtle exploration of problems of meanings and endings in this life and world.

Kitcher and Schacht plunge the reader into the heart of Wagner's Ring, drawing out the philosophical and human significance of the text and the music. They show how different forms of love, freedom, heroism, authority, and judgment are explored and tested as it unfolds. As they journey across its sweeping musical-dramatic landscape, Kitcher and Schacht lead us to the central concern of the Ring--the problem of endowing life with genuine significance that can be enhanced rather than negated by its ending, if the right sort of ending can be found. The drama originates in Wotan's quest for a transformation of the primordial state of things into a world in which life can be lived more meaningfully. The authors trace the evolution of Wotan's efforts, the intricate problems he confronts, and his failures and defeats. But while the problem Wotan poses for himself proves to be insoluble as he conceives of it, they suggest that his very efforts and failures set the stage for the transformation of his problem, and for the only sort of resolution of it that may be humanly possible--to which it is not Siegfried but rather Brünnhilde who shows the way.

The Ring's ending, with its passing of the gods above and destruction of the world below, might seem to be devastating but Kitcher and Schacht see a kind of meaning in and through the ending revealed to us that is profoundly affirmative, and that has perhaps never been so powerfully and so beautifully expressed.



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