Book talk & signing Oct. 7

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FARMINGTON – UMF Philosophy Professor Jonathan Cohen will give a book talk and signing regarding his new book Science, Culture, and Free Spirits at Devaney Doak & Garrett Booksellers in downtown Farmington at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7.

In this insightful study, Nietzsche specialist Jonathan R. Cohen argues that Human, All Too Human represents the crucial watershed for Nietzsche’s philosophical development, the moment at which he “becomes who he is.”

Here Nietzsche breaks his early allegiance to Schopenhauer and Wagner by offering acute criticisms, which often are diametric reversals of his earlier writings. At the same time, he establishes the overall framework of his later philosophy as the overcoming of metaphysical barriers to the emergence of free spirits who will be the avant-garde of culture. His use of science to accomplish this goal gives this work a positivistic slant unique in his corpus.

Praise For Science, Culture, and Free Spirits

“Cohen builds a strong case for approaching Human, All-Too-Human as an integrated ‘literary whole,’ wherein Nietzsche breaks decisively from his earlier, deflationary account of science. Rich in insight, replete with detail, Cohen’s commentary sheds new light on an underappreciated, misunderstood masterpiece. An impressive, noteworthy achievement by a gifted scholar.”

–Daniel Conway, professor and head of Philosophy and Humanities, Texas A&M University

For more information regarding this event contact DDG Booksellers, 193 Broadway in Farmington at 778-3454, or by email at

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