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Nietzsche For Beginners (For Beginners) [Paperback]

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Item description for Nietzsche For Beginners (For Beginners) by Marc Sautet, Patrick Boussignac, Lynn M. Scott, Margaret C. Harrell, Jennifer Kavanagh, Emily Umberger, Frances F. Berdan & Gerard S. Sloyan...

The unorthodox life and ideas of Friedrich Nietzsche come alive in this documentary history. Here is a clear picture of the time in which this revolutionary philosopher lived and worked. We meet the luminaries of the age: Richard Wagner, Bismark, Freud and Darwin. We learn of Nietzsche's famous love affairs, his theories of the Superman, the Antichrist and nihilism, as well as his impact on Twentieth Century thinking. And we see how the Nazi's annexed and deformed Nietzsche's thought to serve their purposes. Nietzsche For Beginners is an important introduction to modern philosophy. Plato, Kant, Hegel and Schopenhaur are all evaluated in light of their influence on Nietzsche's work. Discover why this great thinker defiantly declared, “God is Dead.”

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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 21, 2007
Publisher   For Beginners
ISBN  1934389056  
ISBN13  9781934389058  

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Logic versus feeling  Aug 28, 2008
I enjoyed this quirky little book with its off-beat illustrations, but I think it would be difficult to know Nietzsche from this alone. Maybe reading a general philosophy book or Bertrand Russell's "History of Western Philosophy" first would be best. I think Schopenhauer and Nietszche were trying to make sense of Kant, who was saying that the truths of logic and mathematics are inescapable. And then you had those guys like Berkeley and the Hindus saying life is but a dream. So hey, where do I come in. I've got feelings too. I'm real.
Reading the original, or at least Kaufmann's translation, can give you the great one-liners to quote. I won't quote any.
Talking about translations, I notice that Americans insist that N was teaching "philology" which in British English is just the study of words (what I think the Germans would call Sprachwissenschaft) and it seems to me that he was teaching classical scholarship, but what do I know? Are there any Americans or Germans out there?
Also while wordpicking, where does "superman" originally come from? I'm sure George Bernard Shaw read Nietszche, but where did Marvel Comics get the word from?
Enough: By searching out origins one becomes a crab. Sorry, I promised no quotes, but then what does it matter if I remain right?.
Ugly drawings and useless text  Aug 15, 2008
I was impressed with Kafka for Beginners and Camus for Beginners, but Nietzsche for Beginners is the worse look at Nietzsche I have ever seen. It appears to be not even accurate in the details. The drawings are hideous. It does a better good exampling Nietzsche's philosophy then his life. It is difficult and uninteresting to read. If this was all you were very going to read about Nietzsche I am sure it would be a big turn off. The books ends with the statement he passed into obscurity at a certain date and then was resurrected at a certain time, and now is mostly for text books. I think the author did not even like Nietzsche, moreover the cartoon bubbles just say the opposite of what the text. A little ugly cartoon of Nietzsche makes a statement and a little ugly cartoon of like a duck or something unrelated negates the statement. How will this teach anyone about Nietzsche? No insights to his life, his sister, or Lou Salome are given in Nietzsche for Beginners. Lou Salome looks like a butch school mistress and is shown literately giving the finger. I just can't trash this book enough. Just go read The Gay Science which is Nietzsche's best work instead of this book. Nietzsche for Beginners could have been so much more with a different artist and a different author. How do such untalented people get hired to write and illustrate books?
very bad; completly at a loss as to what Nietzche thought  Feb 21, 2007
I love this series but this particular one really was incredibly obtuse and completly useless to me. Unlike some of the other books in this series that I have read (i.e. Marx, Sartre) I came into this one has an actual beginner. I have never really read much about Nietzche although I have always wanted to do so. And I have to say that after reading this book, I don't feel like I understand Nietzche any better than when I first began the book. And I am still at a loss as to why Wagner figured so prominently in this work. The author seems to hate Nietzche and I had a hard time following what the hell he was talking about most of the time. I did notice that it was translated so maybe that has something to do with it but overall I found this to be a horrible horrible book and a complete waste of time.
Bad translation, editing.  Jan 13, 2006
One thing that continually goes through my mind while reading the "Beginners" Series is that these books must have been originally written in another language (French? Spanish) and translated to English. A translator is listed in the credits. Anyway, the translation is HORRIBLE. The sentence structure is all messed up -- and I continually find myself re-reading the same sentences over and over just trying to get the gist of it. The book is horribly disorganized. Just got the book two nights ago -- and gave up on it. I'll buy another Nietzsche book and toss this one. ALSO: Philosphy for Beginners sucks just as bad -- with the added bonus that it is riddled with misspellings and typos.
ok to start with  Jun 15, 2002
I guess this is an okay book to start your Nietzsche education with. It does tend to gloss over or mock his philosophy at times, and there are quite a few illustrations that don't emphasize the point and that won't help you remember, that just seem to be there to fill space. But it does give the basics of his philosophy and the time he lived in. I wouldn't try to substitute this for reading the actual works written by him, but it can't hurt you. Nietzsche is tough reading, and this can only help.

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