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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and startling
This book is different than Nietzsche's well-known major works. It does not explicitly examine the nature of morality, the master/slave relationship, or related questions. Instead, it questions the relationship of historical knowledge to life in the present. By "present", Nietzsche does not mean some specific century or decade, but rather the present we...
Published on January 2, 2001 by Robert Lawrence

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3.0 out of 5 stars presenta el peligro que un exceso de erudión de historia
he leido 6 capítulos. Es un tema interesante para abordar el estudio de la historia. Para Nietzcshe la historia es indispensable pero hay que saber tener el punto de equilibrio para que sea util para la vida: demasiada historia anquilosa. La tradición tiener un limite de utilidad; el exceso mata la vida y la dinamica de la vida; pero la absoluta carencia...
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80 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and startling, January 2, 2001
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This review is from: On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life (Paperback)
This book is different than Nietzsche's well-known major works. It does not explicitly examine the nature of morality, the master/slave relationship, or related questions. Instead, it questions the relationship of historical knowledge to life in the present. By "present", Nietzsche does not mean some specific century or decade, but rather the present we perpetually find ourselves in as human beings.
Nietzsche asks: given that we always live in such a present, why do we want or need historical knowledge? Animals live without a historical sense: they do not reflect on the past or contemplate their future -- they simply live from moment to moment in the eternal present that humans perpetually avoid. And generally, Nietzsche notes, animals seem happier than human beings: more spontaneous, more cheerful, less given to morbid and resentful states of mind.
Given these differences, should humans abandon the study of history and try to live in the present like animals? No, says Nietzsche, this relation to history is the true source of human uniqueness and achievement. The question is not "Should we study history?" but rather, "What history should we study, and in what amount?" The answer, says Nietzsche, is history that gives us a proper appreciation of life's difficulties and the struggles that have preceded us, but which nonetheless spurs us to creative action in the present. We should never study history for history's sake; rather, we should study it with a view to understanding and surpassing our present.
This is a short, powerful volume, dense with ideas but astoundingly clear.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Philosophy with exclamation points!, March 14, 2012
This review is from: On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life (Paperback)
Oh god this was fun. Nietzsche's confrontational writing style is such a breath of fresh air compared to so much of pre-20th century German philosophical writing. There are a lot of really good observations crammed into this small piece. The recognition that people often fetishize the past as a way of condemning the skills and talents of their own time, the ways that Christian millenarian beliefs stifle personal creativity and expression. But my favorite thing about this text is how he shows that a hyper-awareness of history more often then not leads to malaise and inaction rather then to some overly contrived idea of wisdom and fulfillment, (Dostoevsky's Underground Man, anyone?) If nothing else, its got more exclamation marks than any other philosophic text I've ever read. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Edition, July 24, 2014
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An important consideration of the impact of Historicism. Nietzsche makes a clear case for the positive and negative aspects of the rise of historical consciousness and how men should behave in light of Post-Hegelian ideas.

I cannot speak to the quality of the translation, but the prose is accessible and the small size of the book makes it easy to carry around.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I've heard this guy Nietzsche is good, though he could have made his name easier ..., July 26, 2014
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Bought as a gift for my college-age grandson. I've heard this guy Nietzsche is good, though he could have made his name easier to spell.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life, August 5, 2013
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this book is very interesting for Philosophy class. This book is about how Friedrich Nietzsche discusses his approach to philosophy. Nietzsche seeks to discover about how he came about and where is God. Nietzsche calls himself a "substance."
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4 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended, November 30, 2000
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A great primer on the problems of history and a great introduction to a brilliant mind.
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6 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars presenta el peligro que un exceso de erudión de historia, November 27, 1998
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This review is from: On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life (Paperback)
he leido 6 capítulos. Es un tema interesante para abordar el estudio de la historia. Para Nietzcshe la historia es indispensable pero hay que saber tener el punto de equilibrio para que sea util para la vida: demasiada historia anquilosa. La tradición tiener un limite de utilidad; el exceso mata la vida y la dinamica de la vida; pero la absoluta carencia imposibilita entender el mundo en el que se vive.
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