Friedrich Nietzsche is a key figure in debates about atheistic currents in modernity and post-modernity. What awakened Nietzsche's interest in the history of theistic and atheist mysticism?

The first essay takes as its topic Nietzsche's ambivalent attitude towards mysticism, which in addition to skepticism leaves space for sympathy for the mystical tendency towards union. The second essay presents Nietzsche's personal experience with the eternal return of the Same as well as his own varied approaches to the ecstactically perceived affirmation of all life.  The third essay analyses Nietzsche's rhetorical strategy of intentionally and vehemently proclaiming on every page the death of God in an historically original fashion. Finally, the fourth essay presents Nietzsche as a partner in religious and cultural dialogue for three prominent thinkers of the twentieth century in an area of conflict comprehending literature and theology: Hans Urs von Balthasar, Eugen Biser and René Girard.

Alois M. Haas explores the reasons for Nietzsche's criticism of mysticism. An introduction by Karl Pestalozzi prefaces the book. A biographical portrait by the editor presents the author and his work in relation to his career as a university professor.


Alois M. Haas: Nietzsche zwischen Dionysos und Christus. Einblicke in einen Lebenskampf. Edited and with a biographical essay by Hildegard Elisabeth Keller. With a foreword by Karl Pestalozzi. Photographs by Franziska Messner-Rast

Wald: DreiPunktVerlag 2003. 108 pages

Black and white illustrations. Paperback

ISBN 3-905409-06-2

CHF 29.50 / 21.00 EUR