One should choose to use a collection of this kind with these caveats in mind. It's a powerful tool to deny reality, and so, as individuals, if we refuse to accept definitions of what is good or evil as they are handed down by those in power, we will have taken the first step to freeing ourselves from mental tyranny. The philosopher who announced the death of God in The Gay Science 1882 and went on to challenge the Christian code of morality in Beyond Good and Evil 1886 , grappled with the fundamental issues of the human condition in his own intense autobiography, Ecce Homo 1888. Divided by theme, Hollingdale includes sections on a wide variety of topics, including morality, art, religion, nihilism, and superman. A Nietzsche Reader is essentially a collection of essays selected and translated by R.
Hollingdale has translated eleven of Nietzsche's books and published two books about him. Today, Nietzsche tends to be thought of as a depressive nihilist, a man who believed in nothing, and an apologist for the atrocities of fascism--but no description could be further from the truth. This was my introduction to Nietzsche's philosophy. The final part of the book considers the development of the Nietzsche legend during his years of madness. Whether addressing conventional Western philosophy or breaking new ground, Nietzsche vastly extended the boundaries of nineteenth-century thought.
He is Honorary President of the British Nietzsche Society, and was for the Australian academic year 1991 Visiting Fellow at Trinity College, Melbourne. Rather, it is an argument based upon the equality of sexes. Most of the times, it is his readers that are bringing excessive emotion to the book, and their emotional reading that renders it obtuse. The philosopher who announced the death of God in The Gay Science 1882 and went on to challenge the Christian code of morality in Beyond Good and Evil 1886 , grappled with the fundamental issues of the human condition in his own intense autobiography, Ecce Homo 1888. He never recovered from a nervous breakdown in 1889 and died eleven years later.
They tend to fall under a couple of categories 1 Easily Offended: when Nietzsche says something they find offensive, they are turned off reading the book. A powerfully original thinker, Nietzsche's influence on subsequent writers, such as George Bernard Shaw, D. The selection and classification of texts, by , is very good and allowed me to understand a little of Nietzsche's difficult philosophy. This text is structured by theme, and has a short lexicon and various maxims near the end. The chronological presentation of the selections is particularly useful in helping students to appreciate Nietzsche's philosophical development. After paying his way through private German lessons, and immersing himself in German literature and philosophy, Hollingdale earned the respect of readers and academics with his translations and studies of German cultural figures.
A Nietzsche Reader is essentially a collection of essays selected and translated by R. To be free means being a philosopher. The Modern Library edition of Nietzsche is intimidating, and I was unsure of where to begin reading his works. This title offers a selection of Nietzsche's writings. I do not agree with Nietzsche in many things, but his philosophy is quite interesting and intense.
Because Nietzsche doesn't write straight treatises, you need to understand the lines of thought he proposes. Beyond Good and Evil confirmed Nietzsche's position as the towering European philosopher of his age. Plato, Kant and others insist on a universality that buries the individual. His ideas were appropriated by the Fascists, who turned his theories into social realities that he had never intended. Hollingdale worked in the editorial department of the Guardian for over twenty years and has written book reviews for the Guardian and the Times Literary Supplement. Inequality exists, and the point of a society is to support its highest caste.
To say that someone is 'evil' is to say that they have no rational motivation for what they do, that we should not attempt to understand them, but should oppose them without thinking about why. Nietzsche considers this just a Pollyannish idea that we have conjured up to make ourselves feel better. Hoffmann, Lichtenberg and Theodor Fontane, many of these for Penguin Classics. This approach really allows the reader to get a grasp at Nietzsche's central philosophy ; to see the main concerns that informed his perspectives on various phenomena of life. If you don't understand Nietzsche's goals, don't fashion your own for him. Friedrich Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil is translated from the German by R. It could profitably be utilized either before reading him in more detail, or, as I have done, after reading most of his works, as a review of his most salient points.
Much of this book develops thematically though, and not through premises. The Modern Library edition of Nietzsche is intimidating, and I was unsure of where to begin reading his works. Hollingdale translated eleven of Nietzsche's books and published two books about him; he also translated works by, among others, Schopenhauer, Goethe, E. Hollingdale compiles selections spanning thirteen years of Nietzsche's writings on certain topics Philosophy, Morality, Will to Power etc. It is meant to be an overview of his thought and an enticement to the reader to explore his works in greater thoroughness and detail. 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.
Hollingdale does an excellent job at attempting to corral excerpts from Nietzsche's myriad works. He became insane in 1889 and remained so until his death in 1900. Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, United Kingdom, 1978. Description: 288 pages ; 18 cm. I love Nietzsche to death! Read in that light, his comments are actually quite interesting. But this is such a fragmented way to read Nietzsche! I was so enthralled with this book when I read it I hardly slept.
The E-mail message field is required. I recommend this book to all. He became insane in 1889 and remained so until his death in 1900. In the end, it is up to you to create yourself. The dangerous social effects of repressed animal man are less clear. Nietzsche is a great writer, and he will always have you chuckling evilly, one of the few philosophers with a sense of humor.