Thus Spake Zarathustra (Dover Thrift edition)

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Thus Spake Zarathustra (Dover Thrift edition) by Friedrich Nietzsche, Nietzsche

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 Übermensch, or "superman."
Although later perverted by Nazi propagandists, the Übermensch 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 Übermensch 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486406633
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 01/05/1999
Series: Dover Thrift Editions Series
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,182,625
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.71(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

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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Thomas Mann

Nietzche wrote stylistically dazzling books - works sparkling with audacious insults to his age, venturing into more and more radical psychology, radiating a more and more glaring white light... [He was] a thinker, psychologist, and master of language who revolutionized the whole atmosphere of his era.

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Thus Spake Zarathustra (Illustrated + FREE audiobook link + Active TOC) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thomas Common's origional translation is far superior to the later ones, both in the beauty of the wording and closeness to the German text. Unfortuately, this version officiously and unforgivably does-away with Common's 'archaic'English (e.g.'thou' and 'methinks', etc) and some of his more uncommon words (e.g.'abut'and 'gay'), thereby very much spoiling it. If people can't realise that 'gay' in this context doen't actually refer to homesexual, then they really shouldn't be reading such a book since they certainly won't understand Nietzsche's thoughts. When is one supposed to use words such as 'sepulchre' and 'abut' if not in a deep, poetic book like this? Instead of Ludovici's excellent notes this version substitutes a deeply patronising and whats more egregiously ignorant essay by the same man (I understand one is not allowed to use expletives) who spoilt Commons text. I sincerely advise that you buy the (5 star!)Dover thrift edition instead which thankfully (I believe) retains both Common's origional text and Ludovici's essay - plus its only a fraction of the price!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm now orthodox Catholic(former agnostic/atheist), however i have many atheist friends, and they all rave about Nietzsche. I must say Nietzsche is provocative, and a very talented as a writter, however i wasen't very impressed with his philosophy initself, i thought it was an interesting story, however Nietzsche seemed to fail to actually prove his contentions(to a sufficiant degree). I thought it was interesting that he chose for his character to claim 'God is dead' AFTER talking with the hermit, rather than choosing to creat a socratic style diologue(although i know he beleived Plato to be boring). His overman(or superman) theory is interesting, however i think Dostoevskies 'Crime and Punishment' refutes the pragmatic nature of the idea, and the validity of the idea itself. Not to ramble:). Intresting, provocative book, but i felt it failed to live up to its reputation, Id'd give it three stars, two because of Nietzschies' (amazing)talent as a writter, 1 for being provocative, but he looses two because i fell his philosophy is erronious
sistina63 More than 1 year ago
A good classic read for the philosophy student.