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Nietzsche: The Gay Science: With a Prelude in German Rhymes and an Appendix of Songs (Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy)

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The Gay Science deserves prominent attention from philosophers who study Nietzche's works, and indeed from anyone with an interest in moral psychology and the origin of our values. This new edition is a great achievement, which should for most purposes supersede Kaufmann as the standard translation, and which will have an important role to play in bringing this work into prominence and in furthering the study of Nietzche in the English-speaking world." Notre Dame Philosphical Reviews

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Paperback: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (September 17, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521636450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521636452
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Lucia Medea on August 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
"The best way to read Nietzsche is slowly," my professor said when we began studying this book. And I could not agree more. This book contains some of Nietzsche's central ideas, including the death of God, origin of morality, perspectivism, as well as the difference between the noble and common type. I love this translation because the translator seems to focus on what Nietzsche was trying to say in German, rather than some of the other translations where they only provide a basic and rough translation.

I would recommend this book if you're trying to understand the basics of Nietzsche's theories, since THE GAY SCIENCE was written during the height of his career (1882). However, do keep in mind that it will be difficult if this will be your first exposure to Nietzsche. You might also look at BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL, Hollingdale translation, since that one contains much of the same ideas, but the language is more understandable.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ornello on January 11, 2015
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The translation is scarcely different from Kaufmann's (published 40 years ago), and actually worse where it does differ. Kaufmann made systematic errors which Nauckhoff made no effort to correct (or perhaps more likely, she does not recognize them), even though she had the opportunity to do so. Such a shame!

It is unclear why Nauckhoff published a version that deviates so little, overall, from Kaufmann's . The irony here is that she often follows Kaufmann's errors word for word, but does not follow him when he has produced an elegant and intelligible alternative to a stiffly literal translation, which she dutifully, and unfortunately, provides. Her work is both original and good, but what is good is not original and what is original is not good.

For example, in Section 57 Nietzsche uses the expression 'unvertilgbare Trunkenheit'. Nauckhoff translates this as 'inextirpable drunkenness', which is ludicrous. No English speaker would use such an expression, and I am willing to bet that even most English professors would not know the word 'inextirpable'! Walter Kaufmann has 'inextinguishable drunkenness' which is less obscure than 'inextirpable', but something of an oxymoron, because 'drunkenness' is not usually spoken of as something involving fire or flames. The best term is 'incorrigible drunkenness', which is the common idiom. I could go on and on about how bad this translation is, and provide further examples of ineptitude, but what's the point? Nauckhoff has no sense for English whatsoever. The barbarians have taken over the academy!

NOT RECOMMENDED!
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Can Cheng on October 2, 2013
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The book is well preserved with some placed colored. The Gay Science is worth reading although Nietzsche is considered as a mad person. Most of his point of view is penetrating, although sometimes rabid.
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8 of 26 people found the following review helpful By U Z. Eliserio on November 24, 2001
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Nietzsche's announcement of God's death first appeared here, in The Gay Science. Also, this is the first book in which he mentions the Eternal Reccurence (see the second to the last aphorism of the fourth "book"). Zarathustra's prologue is also here (that's the last aphorism of the fourth book). Book 5 of the Gay Science was added in 1885, and covers Nietzsche's mature philosophy (post-Zarathustra period). Overall a good read.
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9 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Bruce P. Barten on November 18, 2001
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Section 312 of this book is called "my dog" (on a combination of being faithful, obtrusive and shameless, "just as entertaining, just as clever as every other dog" (p. 177), but it is about Nietzsche's relationship to his pain. There is another book by Nietzsche, THE WANDERER AND HIS SHADOW, in which section 38 mentions "The bite of conscience" as a stupidity, like the bite of a dog into a stone. (Portable Nietzsche, p. 68). There is also a section in THE GAY SCIENCE about beggars using a stone to knock where there is no bell. This translation has an entry in the index for "beggars, and courtesy." The Walter Kaufmann translation listed section titles on pages ix-xviii, but Kaufmann didn't have an entry in the index for beggars or for bell, and though I may have rung Walter Kaufmann's bell a number of times, before and since I started writing reviews, my mental efforts to knock the war against the United Stoners of America has reached such a modern point of indifference in its approach to everything that what Walter Kaufmann thought about anything is of hardly any concern to those who would like an understanding of what is going on. I expect this book, which allows a comparison of minor differences on major matters, to be quite useful to me. I find it extremely comical when this translation makes something funny that in Walter Kaufmann's translation was only puzzling, but even the index of this book skips from women to words with no entry for wooden iron. There is no entry for iron between interruption, intuition, Islam, and Italian opera. But in the text itself, just before section 357 "On the old problem: `What is German?' " the end of section 356 raises the primary question any modern philosopher can face:
Free society? Well, well! But surely you know, gentlemen, what one needs to build that? Wooden iron! The famous wooden iron! And it need not even be wooden. (p. 217)
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