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The Will to Power: In Science, Nature, Society and Art (Vintage) [Paperback]

Friedrich Nietzsche
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28 Jun 1973 Vintage
Represents a selection from Nietzche's notebooks to find out what he wrote on nihilism, art, morality, religion, and the theory of knowledge, among others.

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc; New Ed edition (28 Jun 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394704371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394704371
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 13.3 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was born in Prussia in 1844. After the death of his father, a Lutheran minister, Nietzsche was raised from the age of five by his mother in a household of women. In 1869 he was appointed Professor of Classical Philology at the University of Basel, where he taught until 1879 when poor health forced him to retire. He never recovered from a nervous breakdown in 1889 and died eleven years later.

Known for saying that "god is dead," Nietzsche propounded his metaphysical construct of the superiority of the disciplined individual (superman) living in the present over traditional values derived from Christianity and its emphasis on heavenly rewards. His ideas were appropriated by the Fascists, who turned his theories into social realities that he had never intended.

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While the structure of the book is not Nietzsche's own, that should not detract from what is an essential collection of Nietzsche's otherwise unpublished work. Best read in conjunction with Nietzsche's other work, the Will to Power provides valuable additions to the ideas Nietzche presents elsewhere, i.e. eternal recurrence, will to power. Taken in this context, it is essential in trying to understand all of Nietzsche's thought.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Diamonds in the Hay Stack 13 Aug 2010
By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Not to be read in a straight sitting. It is desirable to read his other books first as this is an anthology of ideas scrambled together by his sister. She assembled his texts to assist in her greater cause.

Hidden within the haystack are rubies, emeralds, saphires and diamonds, its just you have to sift. Fred couched his brilliance within shrouds of misanthropy and misogony; a resentiment against those with vital signs of life.

In his wake however he shredded the crass versions of christianity, scientific rationalism, communism, anti Jewish sentiment, German sensibility, British myopia, the sacred cows of philosophy, whilst celebrating art, music wine and all forms of exuberance.

He never practiced what he imagined a full life would be. He died a protracted illness where he suffered a form of dementia. This is often attributed to syphillis and used by his enemies to chastise him with their version of morality. Fred made many enemies with his thoughts as he destroyed the sacred cows of herd values.

In the Will to Power he is kind to Christ but severe with Christians who have deliberately misinterpreted his beliefs. He rails against the middle classes and their destruction of taste, value/emotions wiping out those who they percieve as inferior and those who are deemed superior. He takes on money and greed in usurping art and creation. He paints a picture of the superman as beyond existing values but also constrained with them but making the challenge against thought bondage. Instead of nihilism and iconoclasm he posits an alternative view. He championed emotional knowledge over all forms as the supreme arbiter.

Alternatively he hated women and saw them as inferior, wanted a hierarchy of humanity based on a caste system.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Most Unusual Puzzle 27 Mar 1997
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To understand Nietzsche's philosophy one has to have a very alert mind. One has to keep the pieces of the puzzle in the mind's eye at all times. However, with The Will To Power, one may not ever solve the puzzle. From raw Power to Eternal Recurrence, Nietzsche's aphorisms take one throughout his inner universe. A universe that does not have Ariadne's thread to lead us back to some hoped for beginning. Nevertheless, the sheer potence of his emotional impetus, provides one with the building blocks towards his cherished Superman. It is the reader's job, therefore, to use these blocks, and build the bridge himself--an awesome task--which will liberate him from the bonds of anachronisms that are rampant in our "civilized" and "modern" society.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A glorious pile of rubble! 13 April 1999
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The Will To Power was the title for a book which Nietzsche considered but never followed up. The book itself is a grotesque patchwork of Nietzsche's notes, observations or considerations awaiting refinement and incomplete thoughts cobbled together by his sister. The book has little or no coherent structure and should be avoided by those with an interest in the works which Nietzsche himself published or wished to publish. If the book has value, then it lies solely in the raw, VERY raw materials of Nietzsche's philosophy. If books like "Beyond Good And Evil" and "Twilight Of The Idols" could be compared to palaces or majestic skyscrapers, then "The Will To Power", would be sand, cement and a pile of bricks. Naturally, it is one hell of a pile of rubble! No lover of Nietzsche would wish to be denied access to his fascinating trains of thought, his incisive aggression and his kaliedoscope of perspectives but, viewed along side his published works, it falls short of his consistent lucid brilliance. Blame his sister's autonomic ignorance. Nietzsche cannot be blamed for this posthomously-wrought travesty.
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