The Basic Writings of Nietzsche

The Basic Writings of Nietzsche

by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche


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"The Basic Writings of Nietzsche" collects some of the most famous and representative works of German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. In this anthology you will find complete editions of "The Birth of Tragedy," a work of dramatic theory written early in the philosopher's career, "Beyond Good and Evil," a polemic critique of past philosophers in regards to their considerations of morality, "On the Genealogy of Morals," which would expound upon the ideas in "Beyond Good and Evil" as is considered by many as Nietzsche's masterpiece, "The Case of Wagner," a critique of composer Richard Wagner, and "Ecce Homo," an autobiographical account of how the author saw his influence on the philosophical world, which was written near the end of his life. Also included is a collection of 75 aphorisms selected from various other works by the author. This anthology shows the progression of Nietzsche philosophy while introducing the reader unfamiliar to him with some of his most important ideas.

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ISBN-13: 9781420948783
Publisher: Neeland Media
Publication date: 01/01/2013
Series: Classic
Pages: 372
Sales rank: 289,870
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Peter Gay is Sterling Professor Emeritus of History at Yale University and the former director of the Center for Writers and Scholars at the New York Public Library. His works include The Enlightenment: The Science of Freedom and Modernism: The Lure of Heresy.

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Reading Group Guide

1. Nietzsche remains one of the most influential philosophers of our time. As Walter Kaufmann notes, "No other philosopher since Plato and Aristotle, with the exception of Kant and Hegel, has influenced so many widely different thinkers and writers so profoundly." What are some of the main aspects of Nietzsche's influence, and what are some of the factors that account for his tremendous and enduring influence?

2. One of Nietzsche's major themes is the idea of "the eternal recurrence." What do you think Nietzsche was attempting to do with this idea? What does he seem to mean by it? What are its implications?

3. As Peter Gay notes, Nietzsche has been one of the most persistently misunderstood writers in the history of Western thought. What are some of the misunderstandings that have attended his work? Are some thinkers more easily misappropriated than others?

4. Nietzsche's style is particularly iconoclastic and unique; as Walter Kaufmann notes, "Nietzsche clearly wanted to be read with a delighted awareness of nuances of style and thought." Discuss how Nietzsche's style-which often condenses complex ideas into seemingly simple phrases-works to inform your reading or understanding of his thought. Is Nietzsche's style inseparable from his meaning?

5. One of Nietzsche's favorite devices is the aphorism. Why is this form significant for Nietzsche? What does he accomplish by writing in this way? Can all of his writing be said to be in some way aphoristic?

6. For Nietzsche, the most important philosophy is always "untimely, " and Nietzsche had a particularly complicated and contentiousrelationship toward many of his contemporaries, for instance Wagner. Discuss Nietzsche's various attitudes toward his contemporaries as stated in Basic Writings, and conversely the ideas, figures, and ways of thinking that Nietzsche seems to find most sympathetic to his own philosophy.

7. Nietzsche has been considered a nihilist, and also a philosopher who more than anything sought to transcend nihilism. Discuss the idea of nihilism in broad terms, and Nietzsche's use or development of this idea.

8. What, for Nietzsche, is the "will to power"?

9. Throughout Nietzsche's work is a call for a new philosophy, for radical breaks with various conventional ideas and methodologies, and for new philosophers. What are some of Nietzsche's hopes for the future of philosophy?

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Basic writings of neitzsche, a collection of some of his greatest works of poetry, philology, and philosophy, is a profoundly deep read, and not one for those of fickle disposition. I broke this rule, and picked up this book when I was a naive 14 year old with a lust for knowledge, and a lack of patience. This book far beyond me, and i found myself constantly sifting through the dictionary, at least three times on every page of this book, and even after finding the definitions i scarcely understood what this eccentric german was saying. now i'm 15, nearly 16 years old, ive read the book three times and i finally understand most of it, and its the best book ive ever had the honor of buying out of my own impatience. (and believe me, there have been many). neitzsche, a precursor of psychology and existentialism, an incredible sylist, and the most influential mind, perhaps next to marx, of the nine-teenth century. buy this book, but please have a prior understanding of philosophy, and a good volcabulary beforehand.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great Read, A wounderful admixture of his early and middle work.
Brunoc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Notoriously prone to misinterpretation, Nietzsche has never been so well served by any editor as by Walter Kaufmann. As a translator, Kaufmann is helpful and honest, forthcoming about specific difficulties presented by the text during translation. Yet his greatest virtue is as a Nietzsche scholar. Without him, I suspect Nietzsche would still be suffering under the shadow of Nazi Germany, an undeserved association. This edition is careful to emphasize the biographical and historical contexts of the author, helping to dispel the misconception of Nietzsche as proto-Nazi. At the same time, Kaufmann unambiguously addresses his misogyny and complicated antisemitism. The selections are a superb foundation for a new reader, or a hearty addition to an established Nietzsche library. I recommend this and any text edited by Kaufmann.
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