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      Basic Writings Of Nietzsche

      by Friedrich Nietzsche
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      • Publisher: Modern Library
      • Publishing date: 05/09/1992
      • Language: English
      • ISBN-13: 9780679600008
      • ISBN: 0679600000

      Synopsis

      A collection of Walter Kauffman's masterful translations of five of Nietzsche's greatest works: The Birth of Tragedy, which forever changed assumptions about Greek culture and the nature of tragedy; Beyond Good and Evil, as comprehensive an overview of Nietzsche's thought as the delightfully aphoristic Thus Spake Zarathustra, but stated with considerably greater clarity; On the Geneaology of Morals, his major work on ethics; The Case of Wagner, a surprisingly witty piece written after Nietzsche's break with Richard Wagner; and Ecce Homo, Nietzsche's passionate and beautiful analysis of his life and work.

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      • A fascinating human being of exceptional complexity and integrity (P. Gay)
        From Amazon

        Nietzsche was the greatest polemist ever. He played the role of Saint-Michael, the dragon slayer, in his Homeric battle with the existing dragons (the Christian moralists). He tried to revalue all generally accepted `good and evil' values and really felt that mankind was pregnant with a new super-species, the `Ubermensch'. His influence on philosophy, literature, psychology and politics is immense. Of course, some aspects of his vision on mankind are unacceptable. The all important influence on his Nietzsche's life and philosophy came from Schopenhauer: `I very earnestly denied my `will to life' at the time when I first read Schopenhauer.' The life of a Nietzschean immoralist Life is to express one's will to and lust for power. The cardinal instinct of man is not self-preservation, but the discharge of strength. Everything evil, terrible, tyrannical in man, everything that is kin to beasts of prey and serpents serves the enhancement of the species `man'. This enhancement has always been the work of an aristocratic society. The noble man creates his own morality, his good and bad, with egoism and exploitation as his real nature. He despises the slaves, the unfree, the doglike people who allow themselves to be maltreated. Christian morals, democracy When the aristocratic value judgments declined, the plebeians imposed their own morality of unegoism, pity, self-sacrifice, self-abnegation and ascetic ideals on mankind. The egoistic `good' of the masters became the `evil' of the Christian faith. This faith constitutes not less than a sacrifice of all freedom, enslavement and self-mutilation. By preserving all that is sick, it breads `a mediocre herd animal'. Democracy, `the nonsense of the greatest numbers', with its `equality of rights', is the heir of Christianity. It is a gruesome fact that an anti-life morality received the highest honors and was fixed as a law and a categorical imperative. Art Art is a saving sorceress. She alone knows how to turn the nauseous thoughts about the horrors of life into the sublime and life's absurdity into the comic. Musically speaking, Nietzsche himself was a composer. `The Case against Wagner' compares the Dionysian opera `Carmen' by Bizet, with the Christian opera `Parsifal' by Wagner, the redeemer. Evaluation Besides his unacceptable profound misogyny (`woman's great art is the lie, her highest concern is mere appearance'), Friedrich Nietzsche's brutal evangel is not less than a call for war, not peace. But in an age of nuclear, bio- and chemo-weapons, of veiled State terrorism and of demographic explosions, his call for an uninhibited exploitation of man's basic instincts to fight for the spoils should be categorically rejected. His romantic anti-rational and anti-scientific stances became pipedreams. On the other hand, his attacks on the power of the moralists, his sincere call to live in `Dionysian' freedom and not for `eternal bliss', as well as his vision that art is the only truly metaphysical activity of man, will continue to appeal strongly to many and remain the bright parts of his virulent diatribes. His work is a must read for all philosophers and lovers of truly essential polemics.

      • Nietzsche is brilliant!
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        Much of Nietzsche's brilliance can be found within this one book. His influnce on philosophy is unmistakeable. His genius is nearly unmatch and is displayed with class throughout this book. This book is a must-have for anyone studying, or a fan of Nietzsche

      • A fine compilation of a wholly inaccessible writer
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        Going by the majority of these reviews, one might acquire the illusion that Nietzsche is a writer who is difficult enough that you must be told where to start, but after that his entire spectrum will align into intelligibility. This is false, and I'd be surprised if there were one hundred people in America today that commune with Nietzsche on his terms. There is also the problem of left-margin distortions, particularly from the post-68 Parisian-French position, whose dominion in our universities is reminiscent of the Gestapo. There are also others from this margin who over emphasize the literality of Nietzsche's writings, thus alienating themselves from Nietzsche's capacity for the anti-thetical, of which he was a master. The situation for a case like this is perfectly comprehended by the setting of a university class, or an Amazon webpage; one "reviewer", or academic apparatchik, pushes the words "morality" and "Christian" to the point where Nietzsche looks like a proto-democrat who just didn't understand himself well enough, or was a "victim" of the oppressive, discriminating customs of his day; a little leftist appropriation of his value-philosophy "creators/new values" and our thoroughly leveled, egalitarian world will be saved. In fact, I've had a professor declare that Nietzsche's comments on women were really just his way of satirizing the gender norms of the day, as if Nietzsche really was the direct ancestor of Judith Halberstam. This is despicable, but, of course, it could only happen now, at the very end. The reality of this issue is that Nietzsche was from the far-Right, as far as "far" can possibly go. He derided self-professed liberals because they desired the Last-man "which is the only man of our world", and he dismissed the conservatives of his day, not because they were fiscally cranky and morally oriented, but because their professed conservatism turned their aspirations towards petty compromises with populist vulgarity for the sake of a long, durable life. In short; they betrayed life. Though, to be fair, Nietzsche understood that everyone is decadent for at least half of their life. However, "life", for Nietzsche, bears none of our connotations. For Nietzsche, life is pain, and pain is the origin of meaning. His philosophy is, to quote Harold Bloom, a "poetics of pain". Pain here is not just the sense of injustice or any of its current pussyfooted interpretations that may at any time be deemed an antipode of our universities's shibboleths. Disease, vice, racism, "sexism", slavery, war, death, and especially death--all of these harbingers of pain [of meaning!!!] are necessary and constitute the order of the species, which is to say, the order of life. For Nietzsche, the species of mankind was only at its greatest, which is to say, was only tolerable, where its existence was most threatened. Hence all the prattle about "over population", as if those people have any idea of what they are talking about. Nietzsche would agree that there is an inclination to alleviate suffering, since he rightly observes that for the most part of the history of mankind suffering, which is to say pain, was taken not only as a separate thing, but as something to be abolished. This is after the species took the-Nothing as meaning under the name of "God". Hence, the creation of the "afterlife", or quite simply, "Art" in general. Thus at the end of the 19th century, as the world was being primed for its current absurd existence, Nietzsche proclaims that God is dead. This is a deeply complex proclamation that I won't go into here, but I think the best chronicler of this, and of Nietzsche in general, is his direct philosophical heir, Martin Heidegger, who I don't recommend, out of the sheer complexity of his thought alone "though if you really want to know, go ahead". Walter Kaufmann was a respectable scholar, and aside from his efforts in Zarathustra, his translations were solid, though I rather Hollingdale. However, Kaufmann's scholastic commentary in his translations really shows that he was a Jew living in the direct wake of the Holocaust. I do not mean this disparagingly, much less "racist"-ly. Kaufmann deserves praise for re-establishing a coherent image of Nietzsche, devoid of crud Nazi appropriations, but I think that his duel with Nazism led him to exaggerate what I think he perceived to be a pseudo-humanistic trait in Nietzsche. Nietzsche had absorbed the great canonized, Humanist tradition going back to wherever its origins may be in Greece, whether its Homer, Plato or both, but if Humanism means autonomy, reason, ethics or rights, then Kaufmann must be met with a resounding no. The entire span of his productive period is, in a way, a rational argument for abandoning reason, which means our regime is doomed.

      • Just fine for college
        From Amazon

        It came a bit torn and used, but for the price, and the highlightings, and for college? Just what I needed! Thanks! Besides.. Neitzsche is always a good read!

      • Awesome collection
        From Amazon

        The Modern Library Hardcover is the best choice for a student of Nietzsche. Include the Viking Portable and you have most of his writing in two books- by a good translater. I also recommend Thus Spoke Zarathustra in The Modern Library Hardcover edition. But you can also find it included in the Portable Nietzsche- though it's nice to have a single, beautifully bound, hardcover to hold and read and carry around. The Portable Nietzsche (Viking Portable Library) Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None (Modern Library)

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