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The Antichrist
     

The Antichrist

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by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
 

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I call our world Flatland, not because we call it so, but to make its nature clearer to you, my happy readers, who are privileged to live in Space.
Imagine a vast sheet of paper on which straight Lines, Triangles, Squares, Pentagons, Hexagons, and other figures, instead of remaining fixed in their places, move freely about, on or in the surface, but without the

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I call our world Flatland, not because we call it so, but to make its nature clearer to you, my happy readers, who are privileged to live in Space.
Imagine a vast sheet of paper on which straight Lines, Triangles, Squares, Pentagons, Hexagons, and other figures, instead of remaining fixed in their places, move freely about, on or in the surface, but without the power of rising above or sinking below it, very much like shadows-only hard with luminous edges-and you will then have a pretty correct notion of my country and countrymen. Alas, a few years ago, I should have said "my universe:" but now my mind has been opened to higher views of things. In such a country, you will perceive at once that it is impossible that there should be anything of what you call a "solid" kind; but I dare say you will suppose that we could at least distinguish by sight the Triangles, Squares, and other figures, moving about as I have described them. On the contrary, we could see nothing of the kind, not at least so as to distinguish one figure from another. Nothing was visible, nor could be visible, to us, except Straight Lines; and the necessity of this I will speedily demonstrate.
Place a penny on the middle of one of your tables in Space; and leaning over it, look down upon it. It will appear a circle.
But now, drawing back to the edge of the table, gradually lower your eye (thus bringing yourself more and more into the condition of the inhabitants of Flatland), and you will find the penny becoming more and more oval to your view, and at last when you have placed your eye exactly on the edge of the table (so that you are, as it were, actually a Flatlander) the penny will then have ceased to appear oval at all, and will have become, so far as you can see, a straight line.
The same thing would happen if you were to treat in the same way a Triangle, or a Square, or any other figure cut out from pasteboard. As soon as you look at it with your eye on the edge of the table, you will find that it ceases to appear to you as a figure, and that it becomes in appearance a straight line. Take for example an equilateral Triangle-who represents with us a Tradesman of the respectable class. Figure 1 represents the Tradesman as you would see him while you were bending over him from above; figures 2 and 3 represent the Tradesman, as you would see him if your eye were close to the level, or all but on the level of the table; and if your eye were quite on the level of the table (and that is how we see him in Flatland) you would see nothing but a straight line.
When I was in Spaceland I heard that your sailors have very similar experiences while they traverse your seas and discern some distant island or coast lying on the horizon.

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ISBN-13:
9781499173826
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
04/17/2014
Pages:
62
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.13(d)

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Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (October 15, 1844 - August 25, 1900) was a German philosopher. His writing included critiques of religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy, and science, using a distinctive style and displaying a fondness for aphorism. Nietzsche's influence remains substantial within and beyond philosophy, notably in existentialism and postmodernism.

Nietzsche began his career as a philologist before turning to philosophy. At the age of 24 he became Professor of Classical Philology at the University of Basel, but resigned in 1879 due to health problems, which would plague him for most of his life. In 1889 he exhibited symptoms of a serious mental illness, living out his remaining years in the care of his mother and sister until his death in 1900.

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The Anti-Christ 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is definitively the most important work from Nietzsche! It incorporates all the major concepts: the will to power, the ubermench, and the eternal return. Nietzsche's unabashed style culminates in his unapologetic critique of Christianity. This book cannot be read without reaction. It will inspire some, it will enrage others, but it will make all readers think and question. A reader that is unwilling to question or doubt, should not read this work. This is my favorite of Nietzsche's books. It reinforced, bluntly, what had been stated in ambiguity so many times before.
gernamgmer More than 1 year ago
I would give it 4 and a half stars. i thought the book was very well written and made numerous points about christianity that make it somewhat difficult to believe. i would recommend this book to anyone with an open mind
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TulaneGirl More than 1 year ago
Strange that Nietzsche was such a favorite of the Nazi regime considering his philosophy regarding christianity and his disappointment with the Germans. I take it the Third Reich selectively eliminated this book from their teachings on his philosophy and/or selectively quoted certain statements to support their doctrines...
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Guest More than 1 year ago
What strikes me most about this book is not the blatant blasphemy so much as the new perspective on religious criticism. Instead of wasting breath and time attempting to discredit the truthfulness of certain religions, he makes it a moot point. Even if Christianity were absolute truth, we should still not follow it. It's the slave morality that weakens the very being of mankind - not so much the supposed unreality of religion. Who ever said that truth and goodness are synonymous? This book attempts to refound our most cherished assumptions about what is important regarding life. Either agree or disagree, this book will always be a classic intrigue in my eyes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been thinking the same thing for years...Nietzsche gets my jumbled thoughts on the opium that is religion down superbly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i recommend this book to anyone interested in the works of Nietzsche. I went to Catholic school for some years and this books can make even the most devote christian question what they've learned
Guest More than 1 year ago
This treatise takes every opportunity to blast religion in general and Christianity in particular. Nietzsche lays down his arguments by revealing the plain idiocy of religion and also by attacking many of the idiosyncrasies of religious institutions. This is an excellent piece of philosophy for the inquisitive mind. Some of the writting is hard to follow, but he organizes his arguments into psuedo-chapters that are 1-2 pages in length, so if you have trouble with one psuedo-chapter, it won't prevent you from understanding the book as a whole. Lastly, the introduction by H.L. Mencken is anti-semetic [not necesarilly against the Jewish religion insomuch as it's against the Jewish peoples] and, I think, written in a style that's intended to confuse any and all readers, including himself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Antichrist' is one of the best written books that attack religion and it's foolishness.