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Introducing Nietzsche Paperback – August 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Series: Introducing
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Totem Books; Second Edition edition (August 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184046075X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840460759
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,631,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Introducing is a miracle of modern publishing... buy one now.' Don Patterson, Guardian" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Laurence Gane read Philosophy at UCL and King's College, London. He now lives in Snowdonia and runs a recording studio. Piero is an artist and graphic designer whose work has twice been included in the Royal College of Art's 'The Best of British Illustration'. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By P. Falstad on December 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
A concise overview of Nietzsche's life and work, and his influence on later thinkers. Even though I am not familiar with the technical language of philosophy, I found it very clear and easy to read, and finished it in one sitting. It also put to rest my concern about possible connections to the Nazis. Cute illustrations.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Pheonix on September 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
I perused this book in a bookstore and found myself not being able to put the book down. I returned the next day, and read more of it, then decided that this book is well worth the ..., especially since it makes you think and begin to question things around you that you have accepted all your life. This book, in my opinion, is great for anybody interested in Nietzsche or Philosophy- not only is it entertaining, but it gives a nice overview of his life and his works- and is a great starter for anyone who doesn't know where to start with Nietzche. If you are Christian or one who associates with a religion, you may find some of Nietzche's ideas a bit offensive. But even if you are, or if you have already been questioning things like 'culture' and religion, you will smile when you read this book.
Nevertheless, it's good just to read this book- no matter what angle you're coming from, it's always good to know different views, and this is one view you don't want to miss. You will smile at how Nietzche came about gaining so much self knowledge, and by doing this, he came up with his unique and provacative ideas.
I'd highly recommend this book, as well as the others in the series. If you want to go on a journey with your mind, this is a good place to start, well worth the ... that would go towards buying some non-necessity anyways. Hopefully in the end, like Nietzche, you'll find your own philosophy and go your own way, not some way that you did not choose.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nota Rikon on August 25, 2001
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I am a fan of all the books in the Introducing series, but this was one of my favourites. Very clear and easy to understand. This is a good place to start if you are interested in Nietzsche but overwhelmed by the amount of material available. Includes an excellent concise list of further reading. The illustrations in this selection are not as helpful as in the other intro books but are still amusing and add entertainment to the text. I read this book in one sitting because I couln't bring myself to put it down.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Hoke on August 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
For me most philosophers should be studied regardless of their views or how they differ from one's own views.

This book seeks to inform readers of Nietzsche's life and his philosophical beliefs. Do not expect an in depth look at any of these. This would most likely be useful for someone just starting to study philosophy with no significant prior knowledge.

The actual best place for this would be as a bathroom book. It is very easy to read and is broken down into numerous categories concerning Nietzsche's teachings. It also uses numerous illustrations with major historical people and how they viewed these teachings or how they helped to contribute to Nietzsche's belief system. It also goes far in setting straight a lot of misconceptions and falsehood regarding this philosopher.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cracklebox on January 30, 2014
Format: Paperback
I am a fan of this series: short, fun, and (usually) surprisingly informative. You can read them in an hour or so, but they stick with you in ways that other similar introductory books don't. I've read a fair few of them, and always been impressed.

So it's unfortunate that I can only give this book one star. The writing is terrible, and summarizes key points with mixed, but usually little success or insight. The discussion of Nietzsche and feminism is embarrassing. Even biographical topics - probably the strength and main narrative device of the 'Introducing' series - were bodged.

If it was only badly written, then it might still be serviceable. But the drawings are even worse. Scratchy, scrawly, and pessimistic in an 'angsty teenager doodling to Limp Bizkit' style, they are grating. Some reviewers point out the appropriateness of this format for N's thought, but what irony that this energetic and even optimistic thinker turns into a splotchy horror show in these hands (and not in a good way.) Nietzsche himself looks like the same strung out cartoon evil genius the whole way through, regardless of age, and even in the opening baby version is wearing a giant fake mustache (granted, this could be hypothetically funny, but not here.) There's also a consistent use of Nazi pictures, which helps cement the feeling that the illustrator is drawing from some hazy two-dimensional imaginary, and nothing more.
To be clear: this is not a ranty review of a fossilized philistine. Bring on the comics; up the introduction! But throw this away, or wait until it gets redone.
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