When Ecce Homo was finally published in 1908, a New York Times reviewer declared that its “the most interesting portions … are those in which Nietzsche …, without delving into the depths of philosophy, shows himself primarily as a master of charming satirical prose” (New York Times, June 12, 1908). The review largely consists of quotations in which Nietzsche satirizes, which is to say, mocks, Germans. The author apparently missed Nietzsche's sarcastic report of another reviewer who characterized Thus Spoke Zarathustra “as an advanced exercise in style, and expressed the wish that later on I might provide some content as well” (EH “Books” 1). Over a century later, Nicholas D. More argues that Ecce Homo is a satire, albeit using a more sophisticated understanding of satire, and appreciating that Nietzsche provides philosophical content.

More's book proceeds as one might imagine from the subtitle. The first part discusses...

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