- Paperback: 166 pages
- Publisher: Vantage Press; 1st edition (June 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0533127319
- ISBN-13: 978-0533127313
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,607,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In Gorfu Contra Nietzsche, G. E. Gorfu write as a man on a mission. His purpose is to hold the writings of Nietzsche up to the light and reveal them for what they are: the ravings of a madman. Through close readings and analysis, Nietzsche's ideas are revealed as dangerous anti-philosophy. Rather than a search for knowledge, this anti-philosophy represents an attempt to return man to the Dark Ages. Just as these writings once inspired one leader to lay waste to Europe, so too today they can inspire Hitler's descendents to revive Nazism. This book is both a timely and important book.
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Gorfu, with his uncommon insight and originality delved deep into the recesses of Neitzsce's ailing soul and exposed the person of Neitzche for what he is, at best a charlatan and anti-philosopher or at worst the ravings of an egotistic masked egomaniac.
I believe Neitzsche and his world has been irrepairably damaged and debunked by this essay, any contemporary "philosopher" worth his/her salt would be best served to seriously analyze and interpret what Gorfu is offering-an original dialectical scalpel-in the process of human reasoning and inquiry in the current 21st century.
What did it for me was Gorfu's analysis of Lutheranism and that "odd" impotence of action, I found that part to be truly exceptional, those kind of insights could only have come from a non "western" thinker, many thanks is due the author even for that specific information. I strongly urge academia to take heed.
I only have a minor issue about the author's rendering of the Exodus of the biblical Israelites, especially his view of Moses to have been a power hungry demagogue-in fact according to the bible- Moses was a very reluctant hero even if we call him that. But that is only a minor detail which the author might address in future publications,other than that it was simply a book one can hardly put down. Thanks for the awakening, Mr Gorfu.
Gorfu's approach is all the more bold since it requires a thorough knowledge of Nietzsche's opus plus great daring to go against the prevailing opinion in this country. Fascinating are the aspects of Nietzsche's thoughts which Gorfu traces to Nietzsche's childhood, to the condition of German philosophy at the time of Nietzsche, on Lutheranism (excellent), and on a variety of periods in the history of mankind (Roman Empire, the barbarians, the crusaders, the Aryan race, etc.) ... In a series of highly spirited invectives well grounded in logic, Gorfu successfully undermines Nietzsche's methodology, (i.e., Nietzsche's self-styled logic.)
As a person engaged in Nietzsche's scholarship, I welcome Gorfu's approach: the time might have come to question Nietzsche's methodologies and the man behind them... and to reevaluate a thinker to whom we have forgiven much on account of his sparkling thoughts and beautiful style... Nietzsche was not all that good, and cannot always be excused. Gorfu in no way denigrates the value of the questions that Nietzsche raised. But Nietzsche's answers often are, to put it mildly, rather suspicious... Anthony M. Mlikotin Professor Emeritus USC, Los Angeles, California.