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The Antichrist
     

The Antichrist

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by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
 

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The Antichrist is a book by the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, originally published in 1895. Although it was written in 1888, its controversial content made Franz Overbeck and Heinrich Köselitz delay its publication, along with Ecce Homo. The German title can be translated into English as both "The Anti-Christ" and "The Anti-Christian".

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The Antichrist is a book by the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, originally published in 1895. Although it was written in 1888, its controversial content made Franz Overbeck and Heinrich Köselitz delay its publication, along with Ecce Homo. The German title can be translated into English as both "The Anti-Christ" and "The Anti-Christian".

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9788562022890
Publisher:
IAP
Publication date:
06/28/2009
Pages:
106
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.22(d)

Meet the Author

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE was born on October 15, 1844, to the family of a Protestant minister in the town of Röcken, which is located in the Saxony-Anhalt region of what is now eastern Germany. After studing philosophy in Bonn and Leipzig, Nietzsche became a professor at the University of Basel, Switzerland, in 1869. Later he opted to become a Swiss citizen.

While working in Switzerland, he published his first book, a literary work titled The Birth of Tragedy from the Spirit of Music. This volume was produced during Nietzsche’s friendship with the composer Richard Wagner, though only a few years would pass before the two would part ways as a result of personal and intellectual differences. 

In failing health and unable to devote himself full time to both teaching and independent writing, Nietzsche chose to resign his university position. During the next decade he wrote such works as Thus Spake Zarathustra (most of which appeared in 1883), Beyond Good and Evil (1886), Genealogy of Morals (1887), Twilight of the Gods (1888), Antichrist (1888), and Ecce Homo (1888). 

His collapse while in Turin, Italy, in early 1899, would prove the beginning of a long and arduous struggle with ill health and insanity. Nietzsche died in the care of his family in Weimar on August 25, 1900, just a few weeks prior to his fifty-sixth birthday.

Nietzsche advocated the view that all humankind should reject otherworldliness and instead rely on its own creative potential to discover values that best serve the social good. His infamous “superman” or “overman” is one who has recognized how to channel individual passions in the direction of creative outlets. In rejecting the morality of the masses, Nietzsche celebrates the pursuit of classical virtues.

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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.