Human, All Too Human: A Book for Free Spirits (Revised Edition)

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Human, All-Too-Human (1878) is often considered the start of Friedrich Nietzsche's mature period. This complex work, composed of hundreds of aphorisms of varying length, explores many themes to which Nietsche later returned and marks a significant departure from his previous thinking. Here Nietsche breaks with his early allegiance to Arthur Schopenhauer and Richard Wagner, and establishes the overall framework of his later philosophy. In contrast to his previous disdain for science, now Nietzsche views science as...
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Overview

Human, All-Too-Human (1878) is often considered the start of Friedrich Nietzsche's mature period. This complex work, composed of hundreds of aphorisms of varying length, explores many themes to which Nietsche later returned and marks a significant departure from his previous thinking. Here Nietsche breaks with his early allegiance to Arthur Schopenhauer and Richard Wagner, and establishes the overall framework of his later philosophy. In contrast to his previous disdain for science, now Nietzsche views science as key to undercutting traditional metaphysics. This he sees as a crucial step in the emergence of free spirits who will be the avant-garde of culture.

This is the first new translation of both volumes of Nietzsche's Human, All Too Human to appear since the beginning of the century. Subtitled A Book for Free Spirits, Human, All Too Human marked for Neitzsche a new "positivism" and scepticism with which he challenged his previous metaphysical and psychological assumptions.

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"An excellent [translation]—accurate, lively, and in places even elegant. Here his style as an epigrammist comes to full bloom. This book is not just for Nietzsche students and buffs; perceptive and intelligent readers of all sorts can relate to his unencumbered and oft acerbic analysis."—Choice
New York Times Book Review
"Offers dazzling observations of human psychology, social interaction, esthetics, and religion. The book is one of the best examples of Nietzsche’s ability to unmask the essence of social reality and expose the origins of our illustrations."—New York Times Book Review
Choice

"An excellent [translation]—accurate, lively, and in places even elegant. Here his style as an epigrammist comes to full bloom. This book is not just for Nietzsche students and buffs; perceptive and intelligent readers of all sorts can relate to his unencumbered and oft acerbic analysis."—Choice

New York Times Book Review

"Offers dazzling observations of human psychology, social interaction, esthetics, and religion. The book is one of the best examples of Nietzsche’s ability to unmask the essence of social reality and expose the origins of our illustrations."—New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803233096
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Language: German
  • Series: Cambridge Texts in the History of Philos
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 275

Meet the Author

Introducing this New Bison Books edition is Arthur C. Danto, Johnsonian Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Columbia University and the author of many books, including Nietzsche as Philosopher.

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Table of Contents

Part One

First Division First and Last Things 21

Second Division The History of the Moral Sentiments 45

Third Division The Religious Life 81

Fourth Division Concerning the Soul of Artists and Authors 106

Fifth Division The Signs of Higher and Lower Culture 141

Sixth Division Man in Society 178

Seventh Division Wife and Child 199

Eighth Division A Glance at the State 215

Ninth Division Man Alone by Himself 239

An Epode - Among Friends 277

Part Two

Pt. I Miscellaneous Maxims and Opinions 289

Pt. II The Wanderer and His Shadow 409

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