This book is an excellent introduction to a very difficult philosopher. The creator within us reshapes the creature that we are by violently attacking its weaknesses. In many ways, Paper Mache 1917 was written around 1900, before any of the events that occurred actually happened. One book, a lot of information. I'd also get a general idea of Hegel, as Nietzsche absolutely deplored him and, though I don't recall in which works he voices his disdain, it would be useful to be able to put it into context. For anyone who is about to take the plunge into very deep waters and try to understand the brilliance of one of the most important thinkers in human history, this beginner's guide will be an excellent companion.
The experience of being a 21 st century man living in the 20 th century has been reversed. I understand that each person interprets things slightly-radically differently, however I really would rather have an interpretation than a empty void. Like some of you, I started with Zarathustra, which was a mistake -- far too sophisticated for a high school student who'd recently finished Will Durant's Story of Philosophy. What we call truth, for instance, is just the expression of our will to power, where we declare our particular perspective on reality to be objectively and universally true. The Christians went one step further in sacrificing God himself. What to start with depends on who you are and what your goals are.
Thoughts, discussion questions, epiphanies and interesting links about authors and their work. Given that my professor on the topic is a specialist in German philosophy, speaks German, and subscribes to materialism, I'd imagine she has high standards. In terms of scholarship, it is still quite recent after his death, but it seems to me that a beginning place and overview of Nietzsche's philosophy has to take into consideration his fundamental polemic against Christianity. The introductory books by Christopher Janaway or Julian Young would be good places to start. I worry that students new to Nietzsche will be tempted to poke around in the other books - an aphorism here, another there - and won't see a position so much as a lot of clever insights whose relations are obscure.
All the while I began reading a lot of other philosophy, and Nietzsche began to open up for me somewhat. I know of Lampert and Rosen, neither of which are fabulous, but Lampert especially was helpful for some of the freshmen; Rosen's more for specialists. Socrates said in his work Apology that poets are among the worst interpreters of their own works; they create without understanding. You can ask in our Weekly Recommendation Thread, consult our or page, or post in. However, at heart, we have certain stupid convictions and assumptions that we simply cannot change.
About this time I read Kaufmann's Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist, which gave me more context about German literary culture. That might be followed by Nietzsche's On the Genealogy of Morality, which could be read in conjunction with the chapters of my Nietzsche on Morality discussing each essay. Of what I've read, it's the most boring and the least life-affirming. There should be one for Nietzsche, worth checking out. He just throws at you so many things at once in such an aggressive and powerful way, that it may feel a little bit overwhelming. It's not a lecture that you would be able to follow alongside your reading, and it is not a lecture series that you'll finish quickly, but Geuss's career was primarily focused on German philosophy and draws heavily from Nietzsche in his own works.
Zarathustra strikes me as more self-contained than Nietzsche's other work, so it actually works pretty well as an introduction. Speaking of which, Wicks includes a very insightful chapter on the enduring influence of Nietzsche's work, especially its misunderstood connection with Nazism. The more I read, the more Nietzsche receded in importance to me, or so I thought. Abstract: Often quoted yet highly divisive, Nietzsche remains an enigma long after his death. Contents: Cover; Title page; Copyright page; Dedication page; Contents; Preface; 1 The churchyard echoes of Röcken; 2 The worship of wildlife; 3 God's death; 4 Dissolving the shadows of God; 5 Nietzsche's seduction of truth; 6 Embracing life versus embracing existence; 7 The contemporary shadows of Nietzsche; Conclusion: Nietzsche, the jester of metamorphosis; Glossary; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
From there one might go in two directions: backwards to The Gay Science, one of Nietzsche's earlier works, or forward to The Twilight of the Idols. It seems he is beyond my comprehension. Idealism is stripped away in a two-dimensional way. Flair The purpose of flair on is to indicate commenters' relevant expertise in philosophical areas and research. Some of them have written very good introductions preparing you for the main dish in a pretty neat way, specially those who give you a little bit of background about him and his life, which helps you understanding something he says. Maybe just read Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals and Utilitarianism. In his spare time, he developed PhilosophyOnline, the popular resource for both teachers and students.
Any guidance, or could you give us a brisk couple of insights into K's exegetical drawbacks? Please see extended rules for appropriate alternative subreddits, like , , etc. You want background in everything mentioned here, but it's less reliant on that than Beyond Good and Evil or the Anti-Christ. If I can recommend you something, as a fellow philosopher, is that you go there and read those books until you get it. What you hear will be put into words for your own experience. Pity is just a refined form of self-contempt, whereby we show preference for weakness. When the Crocodile swallows the Sun, darkness descends on the Earth; All of nature — plus animals and people — began to suffer without the sun; Paper Mache 1917is a book non legor, non legar, a story where the ideal freezes.
If you're new to Nietzsche it is not inadvisable to read the third treatise of the Genealogy, though there are probably better things to read, e. A reader writes: I am a college student out in California and I found your name among many Nietzsche blogs and thought you would be a good source for insight. To my surprise my usual fare had been Dennett, Stich, Churchland, Stitch, Strawson, Chalmers, etc. For those who are familiar with the texts it will help to reinvogorate their approach and for those teaching the text for the first time it will provide an excellent guide to the complexities of Nietzsche's ideas. Yes, this was the '70s.
Offers clear explanations of the central themes and ideas, terminology, and arguments Includes a glossary of difficult terms as A concise and very readable summary of Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil, geared toward students embarking on their studies and general readers. Can anyone suggest such a thing? I would also suggest holding off on Ecce Homo and Zarathustra until later. In primitive societies, people sacrificed others, whereas the people of more advanced cultures sacrificed themselves through self-denial. Rules You can find a full list of the subreddit rules. List of Illustrations vii Acknowledgements viii Introduction x Chapter 1: Background 1 Life of Nietzsche 1 Nineteenth-century Europe 8 Romanticism and German Idealism 9 Pessimism 9 German Politics 11 The Text 12 Chapter 2: Explanation and Summary of the Main Arguments 14 Introduction 14 Preface 14 Part One: On the Prejudices of Philosophers 16 Part Two: The Free Spirit 34 Part Three: The Religious Nature 44 Part Four: Maxims and Interludes 52 Part Five: On the Natural History of Morals 55 Part Six: We Scholars 63 Part Seven: Our Virtues 68 Part Eight: Peoples and Fatherlands 81 Part Nine: What is Noble? It has some stand-out features that make it extremely helpful for the student, and represents an excellent guide not only to the text and its contexts, but more broadly to the terms and techniques of philosophical debate.