Thus Spake Zarathustra

Thus Spake Zarathustra

by Friedrich Nietzsche
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Thus Spake Zarathustra

A tremendously influential philosophical work of the late nineteenth century, Thus Spake Zarathustra is also a literary masterpiece by one of the most important thinkers of modern times. In it, the ancient Persian religious leader Zarathustra (or Zoroaster) serves as the voice for Friedrich Nietzsche's views, which include the introduction of the controversial doctrine of the Ubermensch, or "superman."

Although later perverted by Nazi propagandists, the Ubermensch was conceived by Nietzsche to designate the ultimate goal of human existence as the achievement of greatness of will and being. He was convinced that the individual, instead of resigning himself to the weakness of being human and worshipping perfection only possible in the next world (at least in the Christian view), should try to perfect himself during his earthly existence, and transcend the limitations of conventional morality. By doing so, the Ubermensch would emerge victorious, standing in stark contrast to "the last man"--an uncreative conformist and complacent hedonist who embodies Nietzsche's critique of modern civilization, morality, and the Christian religion.

Written in a passionate, quasi-biblical style, Thus Spake Zarathustra is daring in form and filled with provocative, thought-provoking concepts. Today, the work is regarded as a forerunner of modern existentialist thought, a book that has provoked and stimulated students of philosophy and literature for more than 100 years.

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ISBN-13: 9781602060326
Publisher: Cosimo
Publication date: 12/01/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 284
Sales rank: 464,660
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

Table of Contents

Zarathustra's Prologue1
Part 1
IThe Three Metamorphoses13
IIThe Academic Chairs of Virtue14
IVThe Despisers of the Body19
VJoys and Passions20
VIThe Pale Criminal22
VIIReading and Writing23
VIIIThe Tree on the Hill25
IXThe Preachers of Death27
XWar and Warriors28
XIThe New Idol29
XIIThe Flies in the Market-place31
XIVThe Friend35
XVThe Thousand and One Goals36
XVIIThe Way of the Creating One39
XVIIIOld and Young Women41
XIXThe Bite of the Adder43
XXChild and Marriage44
XXIVoluntary Death46
XXIIThe Bestowing Virtue48
Part 2
XXIIIThe Child with the Mirror53
XXIVIn the Happy Isles55
XXVThe Pitiful57
XXVIThe Priests59
XXVIIThe Virtuous61
XXVIIIThe Rabble63
XXIXThe Tarantulas65
XXXThe Famous Wise Ones68
XXXIThe Night-Song70
XXXIIThe Dance-Song71
XXXIIIThe Grave-Song73
XXXVThe Sublime Ones78
XXXVIThe Land of Culture80
XXXVIIImmaculate Perception82
XLGreat Events88
XLIThe Soothsayer91
XLIIIManly Prudence97
XLIVThe Stillest Hour99
Part 3
XLVThe Wanderer103
XLVIThe Vision and the Enigma106
XLVIIInvoluntary Bliss110
XLVIIIBefore Sunrise112
XLIXThe Bedwarfing Virtue115
LOn the Olive-Mount119
LIOn Passing-by121
LIIThe Apostates124
LIIIThe Return Home127
LIVThe Three Evil Things130
LVThe Spirit of Gravity133
LVIOld and New Tables136
LVIIThe Convalescent152
LVIIIThe Great Longing156
LIXThe Second Dance Song159
LXThe Seven Seals162
Part 4 and Last
LXIThe Honey Sacrifice166
LXIIThe Cry of Distress169
LXIIITalk with the Kings172
LXIVThe Leech175
LXVThe Magician177
LXVIOut of Service183
LXVIIThe Ugliest Man186
LXVIIIThe Voluntary Beggar190
LXIXThe Shadow193
LXXIThe Greeting198
LXXIIThe Supper202
LXXIIIThe Higher Man203
LXXIVThe Song of Melancholy212
LXXVIAmong Daughters of the Desert218
LXXVIIThe Awakening222
LXXVIIIThe Ass-Festival225
LXXIXThe Drunken Song228
LXXXThe Sign234
AppendixNotes on Thus Spake Zarathustra237

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Thus Spake Zarathustra 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He snaps the dark cat's neck and trots out.-Frostbite
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of Nietzsche's top 3 books, I must disagree with the review written by the 17 year old above who fails to understand the fluidity of language and the reason why archaisms are just that. Who reads old english today anyway? (for me, the original of Beowulf was very difficult, but Seamus Heaney's modern interpretation is wonderful!) As Nietzsche would say, 'Den weg namlich -- den gibt es nicht!'