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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Routledge (January 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0710205449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0710205445
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,830,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Zane Rogers on January 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
Richard Schacht's "Nietzsche" represents the next generation of Nietzsche interpretation after Walter Kaufmann's groundbreaking study, "Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist." Schacht's book is far more philosophically sophisticated than was Kaufmann's. In it, Nietzsche gives surprising answers and new insights into the classical problems of philosophy (the theory of knowledge, metaphysics, value, morality, aesthetics, etc.). The book seems geared for a reader with some background in western philosophy, but not necessarily a background in Nietzsche. I have two criticisms: first, that Schacht's use of Nietzsche unpublished notebooks is unjustifiable and in many cases uncharitable. We should use the words Nietzsche himself decided to publish in determining his final views. The second criticism is that when Nietzsche is interpreted as an academic philosopher--as Schacht interprets him--we "lose the woods for the trees", so to speak, and are inclined to forget the Nietzsche that reminded us of our nihilistic predicament after the death of God, and that its remedy is in action, not words. Overall this book is essential for anyone interested in knowing how Nietzsche's mind came to bear on the classical problems of western philosophy.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Erik Duncan on April 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
Perhaps you are a grad student or professor looking for a structural aid to your Nietzsche class, or perhaps your simply, like myself, someone very interested in Nietzsche studies; either way, i think that you should ask yourself before buying this book, is Nietzsche really so difficult to read? If your goal is to extract theses from broad Nietzschean themes, as this book sets out to do, the answer should be a resounding "no." Prima facie, Nietzsche is relatively simple. Moreover, it wouldn't take you much longer to read, or re-read, Nietzsche's entire oevre, than it would to read this dry, dense text. But, the selling point, the project and prospect of Schacht's book, is to reorient a confused and disjoint Neitzsche into a coherent systematic thinker. Nevermind, Nietzsche's disdain for empty formalism or his mocking criticisms of the grand hubris entailed by any "first philosophy." The best intentions of this book are undoubtedly in the Kaufmannian tradition of Nietzsche interpretation, but, unlike the case in Kaufmann's time, these days there is absolutley no need for such a plain-faced interpretation.

One book jacket quotation from a review claims that although some people may be put off by a less "high-flying" Nietsche interpretation, Schacht's Nietzsche, avoids leaving all the personal residue that those interpretations tend to mask Nietzsche in (i.e. Heidegger's, Deleuze's, Derrida's, Klossowski's, Jasper's, Bataille's, et al). My objection is simply that Schacht's Nietzsche, despite being more boring than the ones mentioned, is no closer to whatever "actual Nietzsche" we might imagine.
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Callihan on May 10, 2004
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I found this book to be an excellent overview and commentary on Nietzsche's thinking, ranking only behind Kaufmann's book on Nietzsche. Anyone wanting to gain insight into the real Nietzsche will not go wrong by starting with Kaufmann and Schacht, who I take to be the two most reliable guides to Nietzsche's thinking.
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