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  • Series: Great Books in Philosophy
  • Paperback: 111 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (November 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573928321
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573928328
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German

About the Author

Friedrich Nietzsche was born on October 15, 1844, to the family of a Protestant minister in the town of Rocken, which is located in the Saxony-Anhalt region of what is now eastern Germany. After studying philosophy in Bonn and Leipzig, Nietzsche became a professor at the University of Basel, Switzerland, in 1869. Later, he opted to become a Swiss citizen. While working in Switzerland, he published his first book, a literary work titled THE BIRTH OF TRAGEDY FROM THE SPIRIT OF MUSIC. This volume was produced during Nietzsche's friendship with the composer Richard Wagner, though only a few years would pass before the two would part ways as a result of personal and intellectual differences. In failing health and unable to devote himself full time to both teaching and independent writing, Nietzsche chose to resign his university position. During the next decade he wrote such works as THUS SPOKE ZARATHUSTRA (most of which appeared in 1883), BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL (1886), GENEOLOGY OR MORALS (1887), TWILIGHT OF THE GODS (1888), ANTICHIRST (1888), and ECCE HOMO (1888). His collapse while in Turin, Italy, in early 1889, would prove the beginning of a long and arduous struggle with ill-health and insanity. Nietzsche died in the care of his family in Weimar on August 25, 1900, just a few weeks prior to his 56th birthday. Nietzsche advocated the view that humankind should reject otherworldliness and instead rely on its own creative potential to discover values that best serve the social good. His infamous "superman" or "overman" is one who has recognized how to channel individual passions in the direction of creative outlets. In rejecting the morality of the masses, Nietzsche celebrates the pursuit of classical virtues.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 22, 2001
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Anthony M. Ludovici is one of the first translators of Nietzsche's works into English. I have at least eight Nietzsche volumes translated by him, which also makes him one of the most prolific and accomplished. Ludovici was not only a master of German, he was a superb English stylist--a combination of skills lacked by Nietzsche's later translators. His rendition of THE ANTICHRIST is not only accurate, it is wonderful to read. I hope this is the first of many Ludovici reprints. I also heartily recommend Ludovici's own books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Straw Man VINE VOICE on October 24, 2008
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I have just finished reading Friedrich Nietzsche's "The Antichrist: A Criticism of Christianity". The theme of this book or perhaps extended essay is the criticism and/or condemnation of the Christian faith. I must admit I am surprised how many of Nietzsche's points are still very relevant today despite the fact this book was written 1888. I will address the former statement in a moment.

I viewed this book more as critique, than some written abomination that should never see the light of day. I should state I am more of a spiritual person than a religious one, so I wasn't offended by Nietzsche's views. So for all you Christians out there before you become upset with this book just remember it is a man's opinion and everyone is entitled to have one.

As I noted prior, many points presented in "The Antichrist" are still very relevant today. For instance, it speaks about how Christianity uses sin as a propaganda tool. Therefore followers of faith (Nietzsche states that faith is an "incurable falsity" because to shut one's eyes in order to avoid any suffering is ludicrous) must live their lives based on fear of breaking a sin. This then leads into stating that some "so called sins" are part of the human experience and allows a person to grow and learn. Christianity cripples this life experience. This is just the tip of the iceberg as far as Nietzsche's ideas go.

Another idea I liked presented in this book was how Christianity promotes fundamental thinking, seeing things only in black and white. I believe this same notion can be transferred to politics. Nietzsche doesn't just spit off his opinion he does reference quotes and passages from the Bible. When he presents these quotes and then his views a strong argument is created.
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Nietzsche is undoubtedly one of the great German philosophers, and in this book he attacks the weak submissiveness of Christianity and its effects on western civilization. The book has nothing to do with the topic of "The Antichrist" in regard to an evil political leader fulfilling end times bible prophecy. But it does explain why Nietzsche despises Christianity - it goes against his idea that man should evolve into something greater - a stronger race of more dominant supermen. Readers will also understand how such philosophy influenced German thinking and helped pave the way for Nazism - and how someday, like-minded people who despise Christianity may make the rise of the Antichrist (as described in the Book of Revelations) possible.

I am reading many books on the Antichrist while I continue doing research for my own upcoming book, and because this title comes up in my searches I decided to start reading. At first glance I thought Nietzsche's work, despite the misleading title, would offer me nothing on the subject of the prophetic Antichrist. But it did give me a greater and deeper understanding of what early Jews and Christians expected in a Messiah, and how the rebellious political and military superman the Jews expected is now a more fitting description of the Antichrist than how Christians view Jesus Christ.

If anyone else is stumbling across Nietzsche's "Antichrist" looking for a book about the Antichrist of end times bible prophecy - you are probably going to be disappointed in this book of Nietzsche's, unless you find yourself happily distracted by anti-Christian German philosophy.
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