Nietzsche Dictionary Project
The Nietzsche-Wörterbuch (NWB) is a long-term project on a global scale with around 30 contributors from a range of disciplines located all over the world. At present the project is based at the Radboud University Nijmegen and Leiden University.
Wide-ranging reference work
In September 1998 a project was launched at the Radboud University Nijmegen to write a dictionary for the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche. In the course of the work it soon became clear that our ambition to produce an in-depth and wide-ranging reference work far exceeded the original plans for a four-year project. The Nietzsche-Wörterbuch (NWB) has evolved into a long-term, multi-volume work on a global scale with around 30 contributors from a range of disciplines located all over the world. At present the project is based at the Radboud University Nijmegen and Leiden University under the co-directorship and -editorship of Prof. Paul van Tongeren, Head of the Nietzsche Research Group, and Dr. Herman Siemens, President of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society.
The NWB will elucidate in detail some 500 terms from Nietzsche's vocabulary.
The first volume, published in 2004, presents 67 of them. Articles can be anything from 4 pages to 100 pages long, depending on the complexity of the word. Each article includes information on the frequency of the word, the word-forms, composites and synonyms; a breakdown of the different meanings, meaning-variants and uses of the word, together with citations and references; the historical, linguistic and philosophical localisation of Nietzsche's use of the word, as well as a discussion of Nietzsche-research and -reception with a bearing on the word. Volumes II & III are currently being edited for planned publication in 2011 and 2012.
At the same time, the NWB will go online as the centrepiece the new Nietzsche portal being developed at de Gruyter. Accessibility to further NWB material will be accelerated by publishing articles individually online as soon as they are completed and updating them regularly. The search- and cross-referencing functions will also be developed so as to make use of the full range of de Gruyter Nietzsche-research available online and electronic linking facilities.
prof. dr. Paul van Tongeren
dr. dr. habil. Gerd Schank (†)
dr. Herman Siemens