People wish to be settled; only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson from his essay “Circles” as quoted in a review of American Nietzsche, a new book that explores Emerson’s influence on Friedrich Nietzsche, and, regarding Nietzsche’s diverse popularity in America, explores the question: “What is the philosophy of an anti-Christian, antidemocratic madman doing in a culture like ours? Why Nietzsche? Why in America?”
I’m really looking forward to this book.
Bonus discovery: To ready myself for this book, I decided to reread Emerson’s “Circles.” I spotted this in the corner of one of the pages of Google’s scanned edition of Emerson’s Essays: the fingers of the digitizer.