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Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Thus Spoke Zarathustra Description:

Friedrich Nietzsche s most accessible and influential philosophical work misquoted misrepresented brilliantly original and enormously influential Thus Spoke Zarathustra is translated from the German by R J Hollingdale in Penguin Classics Nietzsche was one of the most revolutionary and subversive thinkers in Western philosophy and Thus Spoke Zarathustra remains his most famous and influential work It describes how the ancient Persian prophet Zarathustra descends from his solitude in the mountains to tell the world that God is dead and that the Superman the human embodiment of divinity is his successor Nietzsche s utterance God is dead his insistence that the meaning of life is to be found in purely human terms and his doctrine of the Superman and the will to power were all later seized upon and unrecognisably twisted by among others Nazi intellectuals With blazing intensity and poetic brilliance Nietzsche argues that the meaning of existence is not to be found in religious pieties or meek submission to authority but in an all powerful life force passionate chaotic and free Frederich Nietzsche became the chair of classical philology at Basel University at the age of until his bad health forced him to retire in He divorced himself from society until his final collapse in when he became insane A powerfully original thinker Nietzsche s influence on subsequent writers such as George Bernard Shaw D H Lawrence Thomas Mann and Jean Paul Sartre was considerable If you enjoyed Thus Spoke Zarathustra you might like Nietzsche s Beyond Good and Evil also available in Penguin Classics Enigmatic vatic emphatic passionate often breathtakingly insightful his works together make a unique statement in the literature of European ideas A C Grayling

Rating: 3.29 out of 5

Beyond Good and Evil

Beyond Good and Evil Description:

Friedrich Nietzsche s i Beyond Good and Evil i is translated from the German by R J Hollingdale with an introduction by Michael Tanner in Penguin Classics br br i Beyond Good and Evil i confirmed Nietzsche s position as the towering European philosopher of his age The work dramatically rejects the tradition of Western thought with its notions of truth and God good and evil Nietzsche demonstrates that the Christian world is steeped in a false piety and infected with a slave morality With wit and energy he turns from this critique to a philosophy that celebrates the present and demands that the individual imposes their own will to power upon the world br br This edition includes a commentary on the text by the translator and Michael Tanner s introduction which explains some of the more abstract passages in i Beyond Good and Evil i br br Frederich Nietzsche became the chair of classical philology at Basel University at the age of until his bad health forced him to retire in He divorced himself from society until his final collapse in when he became insane A powerfully original thinker Nietzsche s influence on subsequent writers such as George Bernard Shaw D H Lawrence Thomas Mann and Jean Paul Sartre was considerable br br If you enjoyed i Beyond Good and Evil i you might like Nietzsche s i Thus Spoke Zarathustra i also available in Penguin Classics br br One of the greatest books of a very great thinker br Michael Tanner

Rating: 3.68 out of 5

On the Genealogy of Morals/Ecce Homo

On the Genealogy of Morals/Ecce Homo Description:

The Genealogy of Morals consists of three essays exploring morality and its origins where Nietzsche makes ample use of his training as a philologist These works contain Nietzsche s most thorough and clear expression of his psychological philosophy This edition includes Ecce Homo Nietzsche s review of his life and works with the exception of The Antichrist These two books are compiled translated and annotated by renowned Nietzsche scholar Walter Kaufmann

Rating: 3.51 out of 5

The Anti-Christ

The Anti-Christ Description:

Monumento de esc ndalo para idiotas arma arrojadiza en manos torpes o cumbre p stuma del inquietante pensamiento y de la palabra pasional y devastadora de Friedrich Nietzsche i El Anticristo i como toda la obra filos fica del insigne alem n ha sido interpretado de muy diversos modos dos tres o hasta m s sentidos se encierran en una hermen utica precisa pero desconcertante destructora pero germen de una libertad desconocida hasta entonces la del superhombre Nietzsche es el anticristo la subversi n a un lastre de siglos que han desvirtuado la religi n no es una negaci n es la apertura de un calendario a una nueva existencia fechada en el d a primero del a o uno de septiembre de de la falsa cronologia

Rating: 3.41 out of 5

On the Genealogy of Morals

On the Genealogy of Morals Description:

On the Genealogy of Morals is a book about the history of ethics and about interpretation Nietzsche rewrites the former as a history of cruelty exposing the central values of the Judaeo Christian and liberal traditions compassion equality justice as the product of a brutal process of conditioning designed to domesticate the animal vitality of earlier cultures The result is a book which raises profoundly disquieting issues about the violence of both ethics and interpretation Nietzsche questions moral certainties by showing that religion and science have no claim to absolute truth before turning on his own arguments in order to call their very presuppositions into question The Genealogy is the most sustained of Nietzsche s later works and offers one of the fullest expressions of his characteristic concerns This edition places his ideas within the cultural context of his own time and stresses the relevance of his work for a contemporary audience

Rating: 3.43 out of 5

The Gay Science

The Gay Science Description:

Nietzsche called The Gay Science the most personal of all my books It was here that he first proclaimed the death of God to which a large part of the book is devoted and his doctrine of the eternal recurrence br br Walter Kaufmann s commentary with its many quotations from previously untranslated letters brings to life Nietzsche as a human being and illuminates his philosophy The book contains some of Nietzsche s most sustained discussions of art and morality knowledge and truth the intellectual conscience and the origin of logic br br Most of the book was written just before Thus Spoke Zarathustra the last part five years later after Beyond Good and Evil We encounter Zarathustra in these pages as well as many of Nietzsche s most interesting philosophical ideas and the largest collection of his own poetry that he himself ever published br br Walter Kaufmann s English versions of Nietzsche represent one of the major translation enterprises of our time He is the first philosopher to have translated Nietzsche s major works and never before has a single translator given us so much of Nietzsche

Rating: 3.46 out of 5

The Birth of Tragedy

The Birth of Tragedy Description:

A compelling argument for the necessity for art in life Nietzsche s first book is fuelled by his enthusiasms for Greek tragedy for the philosophy of Schopenhauer and for the music of Wagner to whom this work was dedicated Nietzsche outlined a distinction between its two central forces the Apolline representing beauty and order and the Dionysiac a primal or ecstatic reaction to the sublime He believed the combination of these states produced the highest forms of music and tragic drama which not only reveal the truth about suffering in life but also provide a consolation for it Impassioned and exhilarating in its conviction i The Birth of Tragedy i has become a key text in European culture and in literary criticism

Rating: 3.76 out of 5

The Portable Nietzsche

The Portable Nietzsche Description:

A rich selection of the whole range of Nietzsche s work including complete Twilight of the Idols The Antichrist Nietzsche Contra Wagner amp Thus Spoke Zarathustra Newly translated edited amp with a critical introduction amp notes by Walter Kaufmann

Rating: 3.54 out of 5

The Will to Power

The Will to Power Description:

Nietzsche s notebooks kept by him during his most productive years offer a fascinating glimpse into the workshop and mind of a great thinker and compare favorably with the notebooks of a href https www goodreads com author show Gide title Gide rel nofollow Gide a and a href https www goodreads com author show Kafka title Kafka rel nofollow Kafka a a href https www goodreads com author show Camus title Camus rel nofollow Camus a and a href https www goodreads com author show Wittgenstein title Wittgenstein rel nofollow Wittgenstein a i The Will to Power i compiled from the notebooks is one of the most famous books of the past hundred years but few have studied it Here at last is the first critical edition in any language br br Down through the Nazi period i The Will to Power i was often mistakenly considered to be Nietzsche s crowning systematic labor since World War II it has frequently been denigrated just as fallaciously as being not worth reading In fact it represents a stunning selection from Nietzsche s notebooks in a topical arrangement that enables the reader to find what Nietzsche wrote on nihilism art morality religion the theory of knowledge and whatever else interested him But no previous edition even in the original German shows which notes Nietzsche utilized subsequently in his works and which sections are not paralleled in the finished books Nor has any previous edition furnished a commentary or index br br Walter Kauffman in collaboration with R J Hollingdale brings to this volume his unsurpassed skills as a Nietzsche translator and scholar Professor Kauffman has included the approximate date of each note His running footnote commentary offers the information needed to follow Nietzsche s train of thought and indicates among other things which notes were eventually superseded by later formulations and where all German editions including the very latest depart from the manuscripts The comprehensive index serves to guide the reader to the extraordinary riches of this book

Rating: 3.47 out of 5

Twilight of the Idols/The Anti-Christ

Twilight of the Idols/The Anti-Christ Description:

In the last sane year of his life Nietsche produced these two brief but devastating books br p i Twilight of the Idols i a grand declaration of war on all the prevalent ideas of his time offers a lightning tour of his whole philosophy It also prepares the way for i The Anti Christ i a final assault on institutional Christianity Yet although Nietzsche makes a compelling case for the Dionysian artist and celebrates magnificently two of his great heroes Goethe and Cesare Borgia he also gives a moving almost ecstatic portrait of his only worthy opponent Christ Both works show Nietsche lashing out at self deception astounded at how often morality is based on vengefulness and resentment Both combine utterly unfair attacks on individuals with amazingly acute surveys of the whole contemporary cultural scene Both reveal a profound understanding of human mean spiritedness which still cannot destroy the underlying optimism of Nietzsche the supreme affirmer among the great philosophers p

Rating: 3.56 out of 5