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Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist

Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist Description:

This classic is the benchmark against which all modern books about Nietzsche are measured When Walter Kaufmann wrote it in the immediate aftermath of WWII most scholars outside Germany viewed Nietzsche as part madman part proto Nazi amp almost wholly unphilosophical Kaufmann rehabilitated Nietzsche nearly single handedly presenting his works as one of the great achievements of Western philosophy Responding to the powerful myths amp countermyths that had sprung up around Nietzsche Kaufmann offered a patient evenhanded account of his life amp works amp of the uses amp abuses to which subsequent generations had put his ideas Without ignoring or downplaying the ugliness of many of Nietzsche s proclamations he set them in the context of his work as a whole amp of the counterexamples yielded by a responsible reading of his books More positively he presented Nietzsche s ideas about power as one of the great accomplishments of modern philosophy arguing that his conception of the will to power wasn t a crude apology for ruthless self assertion but must be linked to Nietzsche s equally profound ideas about sublimation He also presented Nietzsche as a pioneer of modern psychology amp argued that a key to understanding his overall philosophy is to see it as a reaction against Christianity Many scholars in the past half century have taken issue with some of Kaufmann s interpretations but the book ranks as one of the most influential accounts ever written of any major Western thinker

Rating: 3.63 out of 5

Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre

Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre Description:

This volume provides basic writings of Dostoevsky Kierkegaard Nietzsche Rilke Kafka Ortega Jaspers Heidegger Sartre and Camus including some not previously translated along with an invaluable introductory essay by Walter Kaufmann

Rating: 3.41 out of 5

Critique of Religion and Philosophy

Critique of Religion and Philosophy Description:

The description for this book Critique of Religion and Philosophy will be forthcoming

Rating: 3.38 out of 5

The Faith of a Heretic

The Faith of a Heretic Description:

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Rating: 3.57 out of 5

From Shakespeare to Existentialism

From Shakespeare to Existentialism Description:

s t Essays on Shakespeare and Goethe Hegel and Kierkegaard Nietzsche Rilke and Freud Jaspers Heidegger and Toynbee br Explores such themes as philosophy versus poetry post World War II German thought art tradition and truth in a collection of essays

Rating: 3.30 out of 5

Tragedy and Philosophy

Tragedy and Philosophy Description:

This book develops a bold poetics based on the author s critical re examination of the views of Plato Aristotle Hegel and Nietzsche on tragedy Ancient Greek tragedy is revealed as surprisingly modern and experimental while such concepts as mimesis catharsis hubris and the tragic collision are discussed from different perspectives br br Kaufmann has attempted a searching analysis of the essence of tragedy He offers a new definition and without raising his voice his version of poetics as against that of Aristotle i The New York Times i

Rating: 3.61 out of 5

Goethe, Kant and Hegel (Discovering the Mind 1)

Goethe, Kant and Hegel (Discovering the Mind 1) Description:

This immensely readable and absorbing book the first of a three volume series on understanding the human mind concentrates on three major figures who have changed our image of human beings Kaufmann drastically revises traditional conceptions of Goethe Kant and Hegel showing how their ideas about the mind were shaped by their own distinctive mentalities br br Kaufmann s version of psychohistory stays clear of gossip and is carefully documented He offers us a radically new understanding of two centuries of intellectual history but his primary focus is on self knowledge

Rating: 3.56 out of 5

Nietzsche, Heidegger and Buber (Discovering the Mind 2):

Nietzsche, Heidegger and Buber (Discovering the Mind 2): Description:

In this second volume of a trilogy that represents a landmark contribution to philosophy psychology and intellectual history Walter Kaufmann has selected three seminal figures of the modem period who have radically altered our understanding of what it is to be human His interpretations of Nietzsche Heidegger and Buber are lively accessible and penetrating and in the best scholarly tradition they challenge and revise accepted views br br After an introductory chapter on Kierkegaard and Schopenhauer with particular attention to the former s views on despair and the latter s on insanity and repression Kaufmann argues that Nietzsche was the first great depth psychologist and shows how he revolutionized human self understanding Nietzsche s psychology including his fascinating psychology of masks is discussed fully and expertly br br Heidegger s version of existentialism is herein subjected to a devastating attack After criticizing it Kaufmann shows how the same mentality finds expression in Heidegger s philosophy and in his now infamous pro Nazi writings Here as in his portraits of other major thinkers the author s concern is to show that his subjects are of one piece

Rating: 3.71 out of 5

Freud, Adler and Jung (Discovering the Mind 3)

Freud, Adler and Jung (Discovering the Mind 3) Description:

Walter Kaufmann completed this the third and final volume of his landmark trilogy shortly before his death in The trilogy is the crowning achievement of a lifetime of study writing and teaching This final volume contains Kaufmann s tribute to Sigmund Freud the man he thought had done as much as anyone to discover and illuminate the human mind Kaufmann s own analytical brilliance seems a fitting reflection of Freud s and his acute commentary affords fitting company to Freud s own thought br br Kaufmann traces the intellectual tradition that culminated in Freud s blending of analytic scientific thinking with humanistic insight to create a poetic science of the mind He argues that despite Freud s great achievement and celebrity his work and person have often been misunderstood and unfairly maligned the victim of poor translations and hostile critics Kaufmann dispels some of the myths that have surrounded Freud and damaged his reputation He takes pains to show how undogmatic how open to discussion and how modest Freud actually was br br Kaufmann endeavors to defend Freud against the attacks of his two most prominent apostate disciples Alfred Adler and Carl Gustav Jung Adler is revealed as having been jealous hostile and an ingrate a muddled thinker and unskilled writer and remarkably lacking in self understanding Jung emerges in Kaufmann s depiction as an unattractive petty and envious human being an anti Semite an obscure and obscurantist thinker and like Adler lacking insight into himself Freud on the contrary is argued to have displayed great nobility and great insight into himself and his wayward disciples in the course of their famous fallings out

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

Without Guilt and Justice: From Decidophobia to Autonomy

Without Guilt and Justice: From Decidophobia to Autonomy Description:

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Rating: 3.42 out of 5