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Friedrich Nietzche (1844-1900) wrote The Antichrist (1888) after Thus Spake Zarathustra and shortly before the mental collapse that incapacitated him for the rest of his life. This work is both an unrestrained attack on Christianity and a further exposition of Nietzche's will-to-power philosophy so dramatically presented in Zarathustra. Christianity, says Nietzche, represents "everything weak, low, and botched; it has made an ideal out of antagonism towards all the self-preservative instincts of strong life." By contrast, Nietzche defines good as: "All that enhances the feeling of power, the Will to Power, and power itself in man. What is bad? - All that proceeds from weakness. What is happiness? - The feeling that power is increasing, - that resistance has been overcome." In attempting to redefine the basis of Western values by demolishing what Nietzche saw as the crippling influence of the Judeo-Christian tradition, The Antichrist has proved to be highly controversial and continuously stimulating to later generations of philosophers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573928328
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Series: Great Books in Philosophy
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 111
  • Sales rank: 984,363
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 10.46 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Friedrich Nietzsche wurde am 15.10.1844 in Röcken bei Lützen geboren. Er stammt väterlicher- und mütterlicherseits von Pastoren ab. Er studierte von 1864-1865 klassische Philologie in Bonn und Leipzig. Mit 25 Jahren wurde er außerordentlicher Professor der klassischen Philologie in Basel.

Nietzsche kam 1876 wegen eines Nerven- und Augenleidens vorübergehend und 1879 endgültig in den Ruhestand. 1889 brach seine Geisteskrankheit vollends aus, er kam in die Irrenanstalt in Basel. Er lebte seit 1897 in Weimar (in geistiger Umnachtung), wo er am 25.08.1900 starb.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2003

    The heavens bleed from the mouths of men....

    Having read this book a while ago, I found myself reminded of its importance through the lryics of a song by the band Brand New (Deja Entendu; track 4). The song, especially in the chorus, even though seemingly writen about a relationship, took on some very religious undertones. The chorus which began, 'we're concentrating on falling apart,' and ending with the repetition of the statement, 'I just want to believe...' immediately made me think of Nietzsche's work and how I felt afterward. As Christians we live and prosper in continued decadence, constantly abandoning the joys of life and pushing them aside for that which the afterlife offers. 'I am heaven sent,' the song states, but, perhaps he, like the rest of us just wishes that were the case. This book is, 'the break in the bend...the closest of calls...the reason you're alone...the rise and fall.' Can we, as men, rise above such decadence, such slander of life, and live by our own free wills, without God? No, not yet, and The Antichrist, as a continuation of Thus Spoke Zarathustra, tells us why, though, we, as men, know that the heavens will bleed from our mouths, that if God falls it will be an act of man. To end, 'keeping quiet is hard, and you can't keep a secret if it never was a secret to start.' Yes, we should stop trying to convince ourselves otherwise...

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    Posted July 9, 2002

    The Most IMporant book you will never REad as well as you should!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    This book will stecth you an pull you in ways that you thought you may never be pulled !!! A trrue person of fiath we be unafraid of the task that is set forth!!!

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    Posted July 28, 2002

    The Animalistic Truth

    I thought this book was outstanding. It challenges all the ideals that are so forcefully pressed on our contemporary society, the ideals that everything we yern for and everything we crave is wrong. This work fights for out animalistic desires rather than condeming them.

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