- Paperback: 608 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (August 12, 1968)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0394704371
- ISBN-13: 978-0394704371
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 102 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Represents a selection from Nietzche's notebooks to find out what he wrote on nihilism, art, morality, religion, and the theory of knowledge, among others.
About the Author
The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was born in Prussia in 1844. After the death of his father, a Lutheran minister, Nietzsche was raised from the age of five by his mother in a household of women. In 1869 he was appointed Professor of Classical Philology at the University of Basel, where he taught until 1879 when poor health forced him to retire. He never recovered from a nervous breakdown in 1889 and died eleven years later. Known for saying that “god is dead,” Nietzsche propounded his metaphysical construct of the superiority of the disciplined individual (superman) living in the present over traditional values derived from Christianity and its emphasis on heavenly rewards. His ideas were appropriated by the Fascists, who turned his theories into social realities that he had never intended.
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Despite these details, having Nietzsche’s last years of work accessible in a book like this is a pleasure. You can flip into a page, and immediately have a taste of the man’s thoughts at the moment he wrote them, about 140 years ago. Incisive, vicious, and starkly intelligent, his ideas give me conviction and reinforce many of my own ideas about how the world works. I wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to add this to your collection, despite the risk of one of your more enlightened friends dismissing it as childish, or whatever else. You probably shouldn’t be talking to those people anyway.
Kauffman provides a thoroughgoing context for interpreting Nietzsche, as usual—with his typical attempts at 'softening the blow', as it were. For instance, he likes to claim that whenever Nietzsche talks about "breeding" he doesn't mean "Social Darwinism", but rather, something more metaphorical. Sorry Kauffman, but that's a stretch.