It's the moral philosophy version of your favorite album where ever single song was a classic and you could put it on repeat and listen over and over. I recommend reading very short passages at a time, then taking some time to contemplate your thoughts, possibly writing down notes.
That's how I believe you will get the most out of this book. This ebook is illegible. Someone just did an OCR scan of an existing translation, without fixing any of the problems. About once a sentence, two or more words are crammed together likethis. Avoid this version of the book.
Looks like somebody copied the text and pasted it without formatting. Font size is terrible. Great translation by Judith Norman! I much prefer it to the standard Walter Kaufmann translation. This is the third book I've read of Nietzsche's.
The first was a collection from various writings, and the second was "The Anti-Christ. I don't know if I'd ever call anything Nietzsche wrote a summary, but this book does lay out his principles in black-and-white, and it did help me put some of the pieces together. Below are a few of my takeaways. It's not a summary, because I don't even know if that's possible. So I just wanted to share a few things I've picked up on. On the will to power: If modern nineteenth century man is no longer going to believe in God, or at least if they're going to tone down His influence a bit, the next logical step for them was the concept of free will.
In a post-enlightenment world, people were trying to understand if there really is a God pulling our strings like puppets.
If they weren't going to believe that, the next logical step was free will. Nietzsche rejects free will and instead believes in the will to power.
Essentially the will to power is his phrase that means people should aim to take power over themselves and create a "superman" or "overman" out of themselves. Nietzsche sees this as an alternative to the concept of free will. On religion - Another thing that I noticed about Nietzsche after reading a fair bit of his work is that, as critical as he is of Christianity, he seems to have a bit of an affinity for Buddhism, or at least the principles of Buddhism. Buddhism's primary concept is "life is suffering," right?
Nietzsche writes extensively about suffering as well, arguing in part that the cause of all great human advancement is suffering. In the Anti-Christ, he often points out that Buddhism is better than Christianity. To be fair, there was a pretty short list of things that weren't better than Christianity, according to Nietzsche. There are a few epigrams I never want to forget from this book as well - Blessed be the forgetful: Whoever reaches his ideal transcends 'eo ipso.
Good quality Kindle edition, the translation is better than some print versions and the formatting is error free. The last chapter - What is Noble? Some will love it and some will hate it. It's Nietzsche; I loved it. See all reviews. See all customer images. Most recent customer reviews. Published 3 days ago. I am specifically referring to you. Published 10 days ago. Published 14 days ago. Published 15 days ago. Published 22 days ago. Published 29 days ago.
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I finished the book and thought "this is dangerous! After the second reading I thought "this is beautiful! I find this book to be Nietzsche's finest. It most adequately a concisely distills what I think to be the core of his thought. By starting with this work you will have a better grounding for tackling his other works.
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