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  • Paperback: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Bison Books (December 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803283687
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803283688
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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"Offers dazzling observations of human psychology, social interaction, esthetics, and religion. The book is one of the best examples of Nietzsche’s ability to unmask the essence of social reality and expose the origins of our illustrations."—New York Times Book Review
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"An excellent [translation]—accurate, lively, and in places even elegant. Here his style as an epigrammist comes to full bloom. This book is not just for Nietzsche students and buffs; perceptive and intelligent readers of all sorts can relate to his unencumbered and oft acerbic analysis."—Choice
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Original Language: German

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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 29, 1999
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In order to give form to his Overman, Nietzsche had to call to account many human failings and weaknesses, and then reveal their baseness to the world. Nietzsche identified so much that had to be rejected in human life and affairs, (and so much that constituted greatness), which is the reason for the sheer scope of "Human, All Too Human". In 638 short aphorisms it covers politics, warfare, ascetics, morals, art, poetry, marriage, crime & punishment, the soul, and the gamut of human feeling, emotion, motive, instinct, will to power, habit and need.
In Human, All Too Human", Nietzsche outlines the basis of his later, more focused works. It is distinguished from these by its lack of arrogance, lack of aggression and its lack of real direction. Chapters are harnessed together by titles such as "A Look At The State", "Man Alone With Himself", "Signs Of Higher And Lower Culture", Man In Society", and "Woman And Child".
The book was written just after Nietzsche gave up his professors chair at Basel in Switzerland, and around the time of his break from his erstwhile father-figure, Richard Wagner. Nietzsche had now lost the shackles of youth and employment and was at his most free-spirited and this book is testimony to that fact: "Human, All Too Human" is dedicated to deliciously-malicious free-spirits everywhere.
Less intense than some of his later work, this book evokes a walk in the mountains enjoying pleasant conversation with one of the most penetrating and enlightened minds in history. Less intense perhaps, but no less compelling or unsettling.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on June 29, 2011
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When I first posted this review, I got an older reprint edition first, on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Human-All-Too-Friedrich-Nietzsche/dp/1470196247/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1365391588&sr=1-1&keywords=Nietzsche+Human+All+too+Human. That is the "readily available translation" to which I compare this edition. On replying to a comment,below, I see there are a number of new editions of "Human, All Too Human", including one from Cambridge, whose editions of Nietzsche are generally very helpful, and often based on Hollingshead's translations. Here is my original review:

There are two readily available translations of Friedrich Nietzsche's "Human All Too Human". The first is a reprint from some unknown earlier translation, and there is no clear statement of who it is who did the translation. Had the translation been done by Walter Kaufmann or R. J. Hollingsdale, it would probably have been prominantly advertised. As it is, it is probably reprinted from the old, original translation, most of which Kaufmann and Hollingsdale have improved. But neither translated this book. The volume announces that it contains Parts One and Two, but this may be a slight misnomer. Part 2 of the volume is "Assorted Opinions and Maxims" and "The Wanderer and His Shadow". This may have been how these works were originally published in German, but if a commentator is referring to "Human All Too Human", they are referring only to Part One. One serious drawback of this edition is the unnamed editors have removed Nietzsche's paragraph numbers. For a work which will be cited in scholarly works, this borders on being unforgivable. There are several German and English editions of Nietzsche's works, all with different paginations; however, the paragraph numbering will be constant across all editions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cassidy on October 2, 2013
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Another great read from our friend Nietzsche. Not as amusing as Zarathustra, (providing you read w skilled interpreter like Kaufman) but, harshly honest, sad and powerful.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wheatheart on January 30, 2014
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Ordered this for my grandson, I know nothing of the book, but he does, and he wanted it. He is a high school student very active in Debate and Forensics for which he will use this book.
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17 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Elena Case on October 31, 2004
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I am a yogi from an educated family, and my parents gave me this book when I was 12. Nietzsche's presentation is typically unsystematic and he was a pioneer ensuring that we could view philosophical beliefs in a non-linear manner. The dichotomy of his unstructured book organization and his clarity and precision of thought create a tension that can break through many Western Black/White, Right/Wrong thought patterns to see deeper truths. When he says "our humanity is to be overcome" - some have used this to justify eugenics, nationalism, and seeing others as "less than." If you read his entire thoughts (get the book!), it is more about overcoming the fragmented aspects of the self that weaken us, so we can be stronger and more pure. This is a spiritual thought from the man heralded as atheistic. Dig deep, and you will find that Nietzsche is beautiful. Yoga community friends - Neitzsche did not justify atrocities. He challenged us to grow and become better than our base qualities. He paved the way for Deserida's gloriously independent thoughts, and was an inspiration for the pop philosopher Ayn Rand's radical worship of the individual over "the masses" (which can be viewed as "cultural conditioning" in our times. This text is applicable to our lives today as the Tao Te Ching. For a completely different perspective (for balance of thought) read about Jainism as well. Then find your truth. Deep wisdom is timeless.
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