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Posted October 7, 2003
Read This Book Before Reading Anything Else About Nietzche
Solomon and Higgins use an easy to read style to explain many of the complexities and refute many of the misunderstandings of Nietzche's writings. The authors provide a foundation for the beginning student of Nietzche, while also providing a reference guide to the serious student of Nietzche. This introduction into the thoughts of one of the 19th century's most enigmatic thinkers is needed to overcome many of the misunderstandings and misrepresentations too commonly presented by those who should know better. One of the book's bonuses is a list of animal definitions that Nietzche used in his writing. The appropriate book length provides a solid overview, while also motivating the reader with greater confidence into Nietzche's actual works. I only wish this book had been written 20 years ago.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 17, 2003
Praise for Solomon & Higgins
Nietzsche's philosophy is a will of building character virtues ¿ for living, loving what life brings and being grateful. 'Nietzsche is very much a moralist... He is purposely provocative, provoking not only thought but self-scrutiny ... His whole philosophy ... is aimed at provoking self-examination and self-'undergoing'... to cultivate the virtues, and, ultimately, to 'become who you are' (176-77). To build an affirmative philosophy one must first push, destroy, clear away the ground to 'legislate values' and create a virtue life. 'Nietzsche aims, accordingly, to get us to appreciate a very different conception of morality, one that is born within us and not imposed upon us, one that celebrates life [in this world] and doesn¿t promise another one' (198-99). Solomon/Higgins' chapter headings and topics fit Nietzsche¿s ideas, rather than what some scholars try to do: have his ideas fit their interpretation of him and thus develop their assessment to 'validate their Nietzsche.' Chapter 1wittingly begins with 30 rumors associated with his name and ideas. Chapter 2 talks about his writing style and his books. Chapter 3 devotes an understanding of 'What Nietzsche Really Said' about 'God is dead.' Chapter 4 talks about what Nietzsche means by morality by distinguishing two types: moralities (with emphasis on the 'ies') and Morality. Chapter 5 lists and talks about the people who Nietzsche loved and hated and wrote about them and their ideas, which gave pizzazz and 'style' to his writings and his philosophy of life. Chapter 6 defends Nietzsche¿s 'Character' Virtues. Chapter 7 wisely addresses 'Nietzsche¿s Affirmative Philosophy' devoting more time to Nietzsche¿s 'eternal recurrence' and 'The Will To Power' since they are most abused and least understood. 'What Nietzsche Really Said' concludes with remarks on Nietzsche¿s 'perspectivism' and his influence on the modern mind. Solomon/Higgins say everything in 'What Nietzsche Really Said' what I would like to say, but better and in such an articulate way that even a beginner can get the gist of what Nietzsche really says in his own books! I recommend this book for anyone wanting to understand Nietzsche or understand him better. 'What Nietzsche Really Said' gives the reader a clear picture of who he really is (not who or what he is not), what he says and what he stands up for.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.