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Overview

The literary career of Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) spanned less than twenty years, but no area of intellectual inquiry was left untouched by his iconoclastic genius. The philosopher who announced the death of God in The Gay Science (1882) and went on to challenge the Christian code of morality in Beyond Good and Evil (1886), grappled with the fundamental issues of the human condition in his own intense autobiography, Ecce Homo (1888). Most notorious of all, perhaps, his idea of the triumphantly transgressive ...

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Overview

The literary career of Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) spanned less than twenty years, but no area of intellectual inquiry was left untouched by his iconoclastic genius. The philosopher who announced the death of God in The Gay Science (1882) and went on to challenge the Christian code of morality in Beyond Good and Evil (1886), grappled with the fundamental issues of the human condition in his own intense autobiography, Ecce Homo (1888). Most notorious of all, perhaps, his idea of the triumphantly transgressive ├╝bermann ('superman') is developed in the extreme, yet poetic words of Thus Spake Zarathustra (1883-92). Whether addressing conventional Western philosophy or breaking new ground, Nietzsche vastly extended the boundaries of nineteenth-century thought.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140443295
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1978
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 344,462
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Friedrich Nietzsche was born near Leipzig in 1844, the son of a Lutheran clergyman. At 24 he was appointed to the chair of classical philology at Basle University, where he stayed until forced by his health to retire in 1879. Here, he wrote all his literature, including Thus Spake Zarathustra, and developed his idea of the Superman. He became insane in 1889 and remained so until his death in 1900. R. J. Hollingdale translated eleven of Nietzsche's books and published two books about him; he also translated works by, among others, Schopenhauer, Goethe, E. T. A. Hoffmann, Lichtenberg and Theodor Fontane, many of these for Penguin Classics. He was the honorary president of the British Nietzsche Society. R. J. Hollingdale died on 28 September 2001.

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Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

General Introduction.

A Chronology Friedrich Nietzsche..

Part I: Beginnings.

Introduction.

1. Fate and History: Thoughts (1862).

2. Freedom of Will and Fate (1862).

3. My Life (1863).

4. On Moods (1864).

5. On Schopenhauer (1868)..

Part II: Early Writings.

Introduction.

6. The Birth of Tragedy from the Spirit of Music (1872).

7. The Greek State (1871-2).

8. Homer's Contest (1872).

9. Philosophy in the Tragic Age of the Greeks (1873).

10. On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense (1873).

11. On the Utility and Liability of History for Life (1874).

12. Schopenhauer as Educator (1874)..

Part III: The Middle Period.

Introduction.

13. Human, All to Human: A Book for Free Spirits, volume 1 (1878).

14. Daybreak: Thoughts on the Prejudices of Morality (1881).

15. The gay Science (1881).

16. Notes from 1881..

Part IV: Thus Spoke Zarathustra.

Introduction.

17. Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for Everyone and No One (1883-5)..

Part V: The Later Writings.

Introduction.

18. Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future (1886).

19. The Gay Science, Book V (1887).

20. European Nihilism (1887).

21. On the Genealogy of Morality: A Polemic (1887).

Introduction.

22. The Case of Wagner: A Musicians' Problem (1888).

23. Twilight o the Idols; or, How to Philosophize with a Hammer (1888).

24. The Anti-Christ: Curse on Christianity (1888).

25. Ecce Homo: How One Becomes What One Is (1888).

26. Four Letters (1888-9).

A Guide to Further Reading.

Index.

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