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  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Brown (13 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936041308
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936041305
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was born on October 15, 1844, in Germany, the first of three children. Friedrich’s father died when he was five, his brother a year later. In 1858, he started at the internationally recognized Schulpforta, showing talents in music and language. After graduating in 1864, Friedrich began studying theology, and a year later, he lost his faith. In 1869, Nietzsche became a professor of classical philology at the University of Basel in Switzerland, then served in the Prussian army during the Franco-Prussian War. Ten years later, his eyesight began to fail and he had to use a typewriter, then a personal secretary to transcribe his work. By 1882, Friedrich was addicted to opium and chloral hydrate, living in solitude. His atheistic views were beginning to make him unpopular, costing him jobs and book sales. In 1886, he published “Beyond Good and Evil” at his own expense. Three years later, however, he suffered a mental collapse and was confined to a psychiatric clinic. The cause remains uncertain, but some suggest that it may have been a brain tumor, syphilis, dementia, or even bipolar disorder. By 1899, Nietzsche had suffered two strokes, leaving him unable to walk, or talk. In 1900, he contracted pneumonia, followed by another stroke. He died on August 25, 1900, at the age of 55, in Weimar, Germany, and is buried next to his father. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jake on 20 Sept. 2011
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I'm not the most advanced philosophy reader so perhaps that's why I didn't enjoy this book too much. Nietzsche is surely a smart man, sometimes it seems too smart for me and the wording seems (to me, at least) a little over the top for what it's trying to say. So my advice would be that if you're not the most advanced philosophy reader, there are probably more suitable books out there and maybe give this a wide birth for now. Although from what I did understand, it was very interesting.

Essentially, it's quite difficult in parts to understand if you aren't familiar with philosophy. But that's just my opinion.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ZQ124 on 28 April 2012
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That is the only word to describe this book. It has personally changed the way I perceive the world around me. Its a completely different way of looking at the world, and goes to show that there cannot be one 'truth' in anything, rather all people look at the world the way the truth suits them, as truth is not separate from the individuals self interest. I never thought that a book I am studying at school could have such a profound impact on my life. Wonderful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas on 22 Mar. 2013
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The content of this book is excellent, especially if you are concerned with getting to the meat of Nietzsche's theories. Unfortunately the publisher (Wilder Publications) seems to have allowed multiple spelling errors and lack of punctuation, making it occasionally confusing, as the literature is somewhat dense. I would definitely recommend this work, it is extremely well thought out and has a lot of vigour as per Nietzsche's style, however, I would suggest that you get another edition. There is also little in the way of notes or preface (there is a one and a half page musing at the beginning and nothing more), so if you plan to use this for serious study, I again would suggest you try a different edition.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Oliver Jackson on 23 Sept. 2004
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As a philosophy student it was compulsory for me to read this book, and soon after starting I realised why the subject is such a joy for me. Beyond Good and Evil is compulsive, written throughout in the acerbic prose and (necessarily) non-linear structure that characterises Nietzsche's writing. Whether or not you agree with his strong, controversial assertions, you will certainly question the foundations of your knowledge throughout. A general knowledge of philosophy is certainly helpful before reading, as the author references, invariably polemically, a good many of the philosophical canon throughout. However, the aphoristic nature of the text also allows for readers perhaps struggling with the text to skip parts without losing too much - Nietzsche's key themes are fairly evident throughout. A staggeringly iconoclastic work essential for anybody interested in philosophy, ethics or 20th century social history in general - Nietzsche's work would go on to have profound influence on Freud, Derrida and Sartre, to name just three prominent followers in the continental tradition. Unreservedly recommended.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By C. Harman on 20 Aug. 2008
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This is a fascinating book, a crucial theme of which is the support for a grown-up way of existance that has sadly been overshadowed by that of lesser minds. Another thread running through the book is the idea of the 'will to power' as the key to understanding our lives. Along the way, we also get opinions on the woman's relation to the kitchen; what it means to be a recluse; flashing criticism of the English, Science and academics; criticism of Kant and other philosophers; a brilliant investigation of the 'master' morality, and just about anything else you could possibly imagine. Nietzsche's use of language is masterful in its creativity, colour, allure and entertainment value. His insights are profound and always accurate (perhaps with the exception of when he is talking about music). Its almost as though he stands outside the discipline of philosophy and is more concerned with retaining his status as a fully paid-up member of the human race. As a result, one feels, he is able to see things more clearly. This really is a wonderful book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Easily Me on 9 Nov. 2011
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Have really tried with this, but twice I've got as far as page 20 and twice I've read and re-read but got lost in the rhetoric employed by either the translator or by Nietzsche himself. This is a shame as, up until chapter two, with a little active reading, a lot can be got out of the text: the humour and passion of the writer are clearly felt and I really enjoyed it.

It's also a shame that I'm unable to get further with it as his influence on much contemporary thought is huge and I really would have liked to hear him setting these foundations, while shattering pre-existing dogmas, in his own words. Unfortunately, his own words are presented in a style I cannot comprehend.
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The book is fantastic, and well worth a read for anyone interested in semi-tough philosophy. The only trouble is I don't trust it to be accurately show what Nietzsche said. The main example I've found is on page 50, Aphorism 190. At the very end Nietzsche summarises Plato's Socrates. In the 2002 Cambridge University Press edition it's written in Greek and translated in a footnote as "Plato at the front, Plato at the back, Chimaera in the middle" - a witty and well-translated thought. This edition, however, just says "[Greek words inserted here]" - which I at first thought was a clever dig at Plato, but have found it's actually really sloppy (though still quite funny) editing.
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