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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Ockham's Razor; First edition (August 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097942707X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979427077
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #687,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Stephen Hicks is Professor of Philosophy at Rockford College, Illinois, and Executive Director of the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship. He has been a visiting professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and a visiting scholar at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center in Bowling Green, Ohio. He is also the author of Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault (Scholargy, 2004), The Art of Reasoning: Readings for Logical Analysis (Second edition, W. W. Norton & Co., 1998), and articles in academic journals such as The Review of Metaphysics and other publications such as The Wall Street Journal.

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Stephen Ronald Craig Hicks (born 1960) is professor of philosophy at Rockford University, where he is also Executive Director of the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship. He is the author of *Nietzsche and the Nazis* (Ockham's Razor, 2006, 2010), *Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault* (Scholargy Publishing, 2004), and co-editor of *The Art of Reasoning: Readings for Logical Analysis* (W. W. Norton & Co., 1998). Hicks earned a Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1991 and his B.A. (Honours) from the University of Guelph, Canada in 1981.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Michael Strong on May 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Hicks provides a wonderful case study for the importance of philosophy by means of showing the extent to which ideas and ideals drove the Nazis. For those of us who have been trained by countless accounts of the Nazi ideology as merely the barbaric notions of a crazed Hitler, Hicks provides important reminders of just how deeply German intellectuals and students subscribed to Nazi ideology as a set of important ideals for cultural rejuvenation. Hicks does not simply indict Nietzsche, and includes a clear analysis of ways in which Nazi ideology was and was not consistent with Nietzsche's ideas, despite the explicit worship of Nietzsche by many leading Nazis. In addition, Hicks provides a broader perspective on the extent to which German intellectuals at the time had bought into racial theories and eugenics (as had many intellectuals in the Anglo-American world on both the left and the right). He also documents clearly the roots of National Socialism as a deliberate, and explicit integration of Nationalism and Socialism, starting with the Nazi platform of 1920 (which is included as an appendix to the book).

Hicks' perspective is personal, easy to read, and a compelling narrative. The book is illustrated with Nazi photos, posters and book covers from the 1920s and 30s giving a visceral chill to the reader as one realizes that these ideas formed the popular ideals of an entire generation. This book would provide a great introduction to the role of ideas in history for anyone who is interested in one of the most horrific case studies (along with communism) in the history of humanity.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L Abrams on December 26, 2012
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The title of this book is far too modest. If you've ever wondered how the barbaric horrors perpetrated by the National Socialists - Nazis - could have been carried out by a country that was near the apogee of 20th century civilization, if you've ever wondered what could possibly explain the purposeful, deliberate slaughter of twenty million people - this is the book for you. Stephen Hicks demonstrates how the Nazis rationalized evil. They thought of themselves as highly idealistic crusaders for a noble cause. Ideas rule the world, and the Nazis were a horrific case in point. Some of the ideas behind their bloody movement still have wide currency in the 21st century, as Hicks demonstrates with appropriate quotes.
He concludes with the first and second rules of politics.The second is Know Your Enemy. The first: Know Yourself. Know what you stand for and why. Know the principles that are the direct opposites of the Nazis'. You will find them summarized on page 106. Finally, having shown in great detail that the Nazis knew what they stood for, Hicks asks: do we? Study this book and you will. Highly recommended.
-Larry Abrams, author, The Philosophical Practitioner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Filippos Tzimas on September 30, 2013
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I found this book enlightening.I recommend it to those that have an interest both in pre war political movements and their philosophical backgrounds as to those who are interested to Nietzsche's thought as applied politics in particular.
Still though , some may find that the issues of "individualism" and "blonde beast " are controversial.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne Williams on August 31, 2013
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Very good insight into the sprit of the times leading up to WWII in Germany and how similar our own thought has become.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arthur on February 23, 2013
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After viewing the DVD with the same title, I wanted to have a printed copy of the lecture in DVD on Nietzsche and the Nazis. If you liked the DVD, you'll like the book with the same material.
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