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Nietzsche and Philosophy (Columbia Classics in Philosophy) Reprint Edition

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The fecundity of this reading and the breadth of its implications can hardly be overestimated.

(Viola Brisolin The European Legacy 1900-01-00)


Deleuze's book offers an extremely rich and systematic reading of Nietzsche.... To read Nietzsche and Philosophy is to experience the earnestness of Nietzsche's challenge to Western philosophy.

(Times Higher Education Supplement) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: Columbia Classics in Philosophy
  • Paperback: 221 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; Reprint edition (April 15, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231056699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231056694
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) was professor of philosophy at the University of Paris, Vincennes-St. Denis. He coauthored Anti-Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus with Félix Guattari. These works, as well as Cinema 1, Cinema 2, The Fold, Proust and Signs, and others, are published in English by Minnesota.

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By zante on July 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
i first picked up nietzsche and philosophy in 1989 and couldnt make it past the first chapter which discusses theories of forces,semiotics, and other unintelligable things..i regarded the book as 'hyper abstract'..
I returned again to it in 1996 after reading deleuze's interviews, and, with a more general understanding of his ideas,the book became a revelation for me.
Deleuze presents a systematic and coherent philosophy for nietzsche, one which grounds his rather paradoxical and sometimes enigmatic writings. deleuze clearly expresses nietzsche's core concerns, showing the sanity and genius of this sometimes denigrated 'mad' philosopher.
Its a pity this book will never find itself in the self help section because thats where it belongs..Feeling depressed and worthless? A bit burnt out or indifferent? read this book! While most philosophy falls to the side with abstractions, nietzsche and philosophy goes after life itself , attacking every nihilistic habit in our psychic, social, and cosmological repetoire. Deleuze traces nietzsche's assertions on how we are reactive and despicable creatures and goes on to show why and how we can overcome, well, all those things that make humanity "the skin disease of earth'.....
so...since we all suffer from nihilism and its ailments, Nietzsche and philosophy provides antidotes and cure for our human condition...

below are some less than praiseworthy comments on this book..deleuze appropriates nietzsche, for example...or deleuze says simple things in a complicated manner...this is nonsense..
readers, this is not an easy book to grasp..its takes a few readings to fully understand whats being said..people who dont like this book just simply fail to understand it...or havent read it through at least once..
that may be the books fault..but if simple ideas are what one seeks, then try simplistic books. ..this isnt one of them
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Brian C. on January 22, 2012
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This is one of my very favorite books so this is going to be a very long review. I do, however, give some recommendations for supplementary reading for those who are struggling with this work at the end of my review so if you are looking for secondaries on Deleuze's reading of Nietzsche you can skip my lengthy review and go right to the end. There is not a lot of material on Deleuze's reading of Nietzsche in English but I have listed what I think are the best resources I have come across so far.

Nietzsche and Philosophy is meant to be a systematic examination of the work of Friedrich Nietzsche but, as with nearly all of Deleuze's commentaries on other philosophers, it winds up being just as much about Deleuze's own ontology as it is about Nietzsche. In fact, this book is probably the best place to begin a study of Deleuze's often obscure ontology.

The fact that this book is as much about Deleuze as it is about Nietzsche does not mean that it is without value considered purely as a commentary on Nietzsche. In fact, I think Deleuze gets a great deal of Nietzsche right in his interpretations. If one ignores some of Deleuze's more controversial interpretations, like his interpretation of the eternal return, this book is one of the best and most profound systematic reconstructions of Nietzsche's philosophy around. No one will be able to claim after reading this book that Nietzsche was not a serious philosopher. The old image of Nietzsche simply throwing out random aphorisms without any systematic intent will not survive even a cursory reading of this book.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By spiral on August 23, 2000
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contrary to some beliefs, gilles deleuze was NOT a psychoanalyst. in fact, neither was (strictly speaking) felix guattari. if anything, the "anti-oedipus" was set to univocally destroy without remission any notion of the psychoanalyst and his couch. nevertheless, it wouldn't be inaccurate to read nietzsche as a psychologist since he himself prided himself in that dimension among philosophers.
the amazing thing about "nietzsche and philosophy" is how deleuze does a nietzschean reading of nietzsche: basically in gathering the force of nietzsche's writings, appropriating them, and extending them without corrupting the radical implications of nietzsche's philosophy. here, deleuze remarkably reinterprets many of nietzsche's key concepts (the will to power, the eternal return, active and reactive forces) and creatively channels them into what was the initial stages of his own philosophical project. what would be striking to readers familiar with deleuze's later works (especially those with guattari) is the lucidity and rigour of his meticulous presentation here.
"nietzsche and philosophy" is illuminating precisely because it allows us to situate poststructuralist theories/thinkers and their relationship to nietzsche's writings. in particular, this book had a huge influence on michel foucault of which his debt to deleuze is outstanding, especially seen in his genealogical work from then till the end of his life.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By STL on March 7, 2003
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Nietzsche was not a systematic thinker and so it is very difficult to construct a book on his difficult thought. Deleuze has, however, successfully accomplished that. A combined reading of this work and Pierre Klossowski's "Nietzsche and the Vicious Circle" would provide an understanding of Nietzsche that is well beyond what is presented in most books on the author. It is sad, but we english speakers have collectively written most of the bad literature on Nietzsche. It was the french after WWII that picked-up the mantle set forth by Nietzsche after the embarrassing abuse of his thought by the Nazis.
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