Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist [NOOK Book]

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This classic is the benchmark against which all modern books about Nietzsche are measured. When Walter Kaufmann wrote it in the immediate aftermath of World War II, most scholars outside Germany viewed Nietzsche as part madman, part proto-Nazi, and almost wholly unphilosophical. Kaufmann rehabilitated Nietzsche nearly single-handedly, presenting his works as one of the great achievements of Western philosophy.

Responding to the powerful myths and countermyths that had sprung up ...

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Overview

This classic is the benchmark against which all modern books about Nietzsche are measured. When Walter Kaufmann wrote it in the immediate aftermath of World War II, most scholars outside Germany viewed Nietzsche as part madman, part proto-Nazi, and almost wholly unphilosophical. Kaufmann rehabilitated Nietzsche nearly single-handedly, presenting his works as one of the great achievements of Western philosophy.

Responding to the powerful myths and countermyths that had sprung up around Nietzsche, Kaufmann offered a patient, evenhanded account of his life and works, and of the uses and abuses to which subsequent generations had put his ideas. Without ignoring or downplaying the ugliness of many of Nietzsche's proclamations, he set them in the context of his work as a whole and of the counterexamples yielded by a responsible reading of his books. More positively, he presented Nietzsche's ideas about power as one of the great accomplishments of modern philosophy, arguing that his conception of the "will to power" was not a crude apology for ruthless self-assertion but must be linked to Nietzsche's equally profound ideas about sublimation. He also presented Nietzsche as a pioneer of modern psychology and argued that a key to understanding his overall philosophy is to see it as a reaction against Christianity.

Many scholars in the past half century have taken issue with some of Kaufmann's interpretations, but the book ranks as one of the most influential accounts ever written of any major Western thinker. Featuring a new foreword by Alexander Nehamas, this Princeton Classics edition of Nietzsche introduces a new generation of readers to one the most influential accounts ever written of any major Western thinker.

A passionately written biography of Nietzsche, a classic in the portrayal of his ideas; a search for new values, criticism of culture and the nature of the overman.

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The New Yorker
Mr. Kaufmann has produced what may be called the definitive study of Nietzsche's life and thought-an informed, scholarly, and lustrous work.
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"Mr. Kaufmann has produced what may be called the definitive study of Nietzsche's life and thought-an informed, scholarly, and lustrous work."—The New Yorker
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400849222
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 10/6/2013
  • Series: Princeton Classics
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Course Book
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 261,065
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Walter A. Kaufmann (1921-1980) was professor of philosophy at Princeton University and a world-renowned scholar and translator of Nietzsche.
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Table of Contents

Foreword by Alexander Nehamas v
Preface to the Fourth Edition (1974) xi
Preface to the Third Edition (1968) xiii
Preface to the Second Edition (1956) xix
Preface to the First Edition (1950) xxi
A Note on the Citations 2
Prologue: The Nietzsche Legend 3
Part I: Background
1. Nietzsche's Life as Background of His Thought 21
2. Nietzsche's Method 72
3. The Death of God and the Revaluation 96
Part II: The Development of Nietzsche's Thought
4. Art and History 121
5. Existenz versus the State, Darwin, and Rousseau 157
6. The Discovery of the Will to Power 178
Part III: Nietzsche's Philosophy of Power
7. Morality and Sublimation 211
8. Sublimation, Geist, and Eros 228
9. Power versus Pleasure 257
10. The Master Race 284
11. Overman and Eternal Recurrence 307
Part IV: Synopsis
12. Nietzsche's Repudiation of Christ 337
13. Nietzsche's Attitude toward Socrates 391
Epilogue: Nietzsche's Heritage 412
Appendix: Nietzsche's "Suppressed" Manuscripts 424
Four Letters: Commentary and Facsimile Pages 459
Bibliography and Key to Abbreviations 483
Index 511
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013

    amazing

    A Must read if you are a fan of Nietzsche.

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