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The Tragic Philosopher: Friedrich Nietzsche Paperback – October, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0485120950 ISBN-10: 048512095X

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Athlone Press (October 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 048512095X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0485120950
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,669,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is one of the very few books on Nietzsche which, with its noble and passionate style, does justice to its subject. Lea traces Nietzsche's development with great clarity, often disagreeing with him, but always showing a deep understanding of and sympathy for his heroic attempts to diagnose our condition, and propose drastic remedies." -- Michael Tanner, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge "His book is illuminating, and gives new interpretation of Nietzsche's thought and the problems which possessed him, some of which are still real." -- Edwin Muir, The Observer "We must be grateful for this admirable exposition of the most challenging thinker of the modern world." -- G. Wilson Knight, the Yorkshire Post --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roy E. Perry on August 12, 2002
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F. A. Lea's THE TRAGIC PHILOSOPHER: FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE is eminently fair and shows a depth of insight into Nietzsche's philosophy not often found even in the best of commentators. In my considered opinion, Lea's work (first published in 1957) rivals Walter Kaufmann's NIETZSCHE: PHILOSOPHER, PSYCHOLOGIST, ANTICHRIST (first published in 1950) as the best commentary on Nietzsche ever written. Lea's work is even better than Rudiger Safranski's NIETZSCHE: A PHILOSOPHICAL BIOGRAPHY (2002), an outstanding volume in its own right. Lea has the highest respect and appreciation for Nietzsche's accomplishments, but he does not shy away from criticizing Nietzsche, who, after finishing the Third Part of THUS SPOKE ZARATHUSTRA, began his slow, sad decline into nay-saying and insanity. A tragic philosopher indeed! According to Lea, Nietzsche misunderstood men like Jesus, the apostle Paul, and St. Augustine, and he provides convincing reasons for such an interpretation. In effect, Nietzsche, the man who struggled valiantly to be a Ja-sager (Yea-sayer) and overcome nihilism, at last succumbed to the demon of nihilism and the negative, destructive spirit of nay-saying. Nietzsche, asserts Lea, was much closer to Jesus, Paul, and Augustine than he realized. I recommend this book with the highest recommendation possible. It deserves a wide readership.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zeno on December 27, 2008
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The only downside to this study is that Lea, who is otherwise fond of Nietzsche, harbors misgivings about Nietzsche's third period. He believes that everything written after Zarathustra contains signs of Nietzsche's impending madness. Nevertheless, the analysis is good even if Lea turns up his nose here and there. He also defends Jesus and St. Paul against Nietzsche's attacks in the Antichrist.

His defense of Jesus is convincing and his defense of St. Paul less so. One gets the feeling that Lea is a Christian who is trying to reconcile his admiration for Nietzsche with his Christianity.

This is a good resource and, considering it was written about 50 years ago, it is quite extraordinary in its depth and in the systematic way it traces the development of Nietzsche's thinking.
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