IBNA- ‘Hiking with Nietzsche: On Becoming Who You Are’ by American philosophy scholar John Kaag has been published in Persian and is available at Iranian bookstores.
The book, a revelatory Alpine journey in the spirit of the great Romantic thinker Friedrich Nietzsche has been translated into Persian by Maryam Paiman and released by Khazeh Publishing in 208 pages.
‘Hiking with Nietzsche: Becoming Who You Are’ is a tale of two philosophical journeys-one made by John Kaag as an introspective young man of nineteen, the other seventeen years later, in radically different circumstances: he is now a husband and father, and his wife and small child are in tow.
Kaag sets off for the Swiss peaks above Sils Maria where Nietzsche wrote his landmark work ‘Thus Spoke Zarathustra’. Both of Kaag's journeys are made in search of the wisdom at the core of Nietzsche's philosophy, yet they deliver him to radically different interpretations and, more crucially, revelations about the human condition.
‘Hiking with Nietzsche’ is a fascinating exploration not only of Nietzsche's ideals but of how his experience of living relates to us as individuals in the twenty-first century. Bold, intimate, and rich with insight, ‘Hiking with Nietzsche’ is about defeating complacency, balancing sanity and madness, and coming to grips with the unobtainable.
As Kaag hikes, alone or with his family, but always with Nietzsche, he recognizes that even slipping can be instructive. It is in the process of climbing, and through the inevitable missteps, that one has the chance, in Nietzsche's words, to "become who you are.
John Kaag is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and author of ‘American Philosophy: A Love Story’. It is a story of lost library, a lost American intellectual tradition and a lost person-and their simultaneous recovery.