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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding companion to zarathustra in the same series...
With this and "Thus spake..." you are set for Nietzsche. And what a journey it is! An oft-misunderstood and misrepresented philosopher, who it is both exciting and unnerving to read.
Published on 5 Oct 2011 by Mr. Oliver W. Davies

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book, bad DRM limitation
This is a great selection of Nietzsche works.
However, I find the Kindle edition to be marred by an abysmal DRM limitation - the clipping limit is set at zero. Meaning you cannot clip any portion of this book nor share it via Kindle's corresponding features onto social networking sites.
For Nietzsche's writings, I find that to be unacceptable.

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Published on 26 Nov 2010 by A. A.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding companion to zarathustra in the same series..., 5 Oct 2011
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With this and "Thus spake..." you are set for Nietzsche. And what a journey it is! An oft-misunderstood and misrepresented philosopher, who it is both exciting and unnerving to read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book, bad DRM limitation, 26 Nov 2010
This is a great selection of Nietzsche works.
However, I find the Kindle edition to be marred by an abysmal DRM limitation - the clipping limit is set at zero. Meaning you cannot clip any portion of this book nor share it via Kindle's corresponding features onto social networking sites.
For Nietzsche's writings, I find that to be unacceptable.

My review rating of 3 refers to the digital copy quality only and not to the literary content, which is surely deserving of a solid 5/5.

If you have a choice - get this book from another digital store. Clipping limit of 0% on THIS book is an atrocity.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be mandatory reading, 28 Jun 1999
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Nietzsche's writings have long been marred by the dark fog of ignorance and prejudice promoted by reactionary obscurantists. It's refreshing to approach the ideas of the philosopher oneself and to experience the visceral jolt that comes with the realization that not only is Herr Doktor Professor brilliantly incisive but that, more-over, he is screamingly funny. A razor-sharp wit! Mr. Kaufmann's translation is marvelous, too, for all the care it gives to the inimitable punster's saws and witty jibes (lost, or just plain over-looked, in so many other [lesser] translations). Conclusion: A thoroughly worthwhile endeavor that will stay with one long past one has put down the book.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to Nietzsche., 8 April 1999
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This book contains three unmissable works: Beyond Good and Evil, On the Geneology o Morals, and Ecce Homo. All are brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing value for money. Buy it!, 23 July 2013
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This review is from: The Basic Writings of Nietzsche (Modern Library) (Paperback)
Walter Kaufmann's translations have easily stood the test of time and you get a good round of Nietzsche in one volume. This anthology is an absolute steel and a bargain!

There is also an essay on nihilism by Heidegger at the back.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating human being of exceptional complexity and integrity (P. Gay), 22 May 2010
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This review is from: The Basic Writings of Nietzsche (Modern Library) (Paperback)
Nietzsche was the greatest polemist ever. He played the role of Saint-Michael, the dragon slayer, in his Homeric battle with the existing dragons (the Christian moralists). He tried to revalue all generally accepted `good and evil' values and really felt that mankind was pregnant with a new super-species, the `Übermensch'.
His influence on philosophy, literature, psychology and politics is immense.
Of course, some aspects of his vision on mankind are unacceptable.

The all important influence on his Nietzsche's life and philosophy came from Schopenhauer: `I very earnestly denied my `will to life' at the time when I first read Schopenhauer.'

The life of a Nietzschean immoralist
Life is to express one's will to and lust for power. The cardinal instinct of man is not self-preservation, but the discharge of strength. Everything evil, terrible, tyrannical in man, everything that is kin to beasts of prey and serpents serves the enhancement of the species `man'. This enhancement has always been the work of an aristocratic society. The noble man creates his own morality, his good and bad, with egoism and exploitation as his real nature. He despises the slaves, the unfree, the doglike people who allow themselves to be maltreated.

Christian morals, democracy
When the aristocratic value judgments declined, the plebeians imposed their own morality of unegoism, pity, self-sacrifice, self-abnegation and ascetic ideals on mankind. The egoistic `good' of the masters became the `evil' of the Christian faith.
This faith constitutes not less than a sacrifice of all freedom, enslavement and self-mutilation. By preserving all that is sick, it breads `a mediocre herd animal'.
Democracy, `the nonsense of the greatest numbers', with its `equality of rights', is the heir of Christianity.
It is a gruesome fact that an anti-life morality received the highest honors and was fixed as a law and a categorical imperative.

Art
Art is a saving sorceress. She alone knows how to turn the nauseous thoughts about the horrors of life into the sublime and life's absurdity into the comic.
Musically speaking, Nietzsche himself was a composer.
`The Case against Wagner' compares the Dionysian opera `Carmen' by Bizet, with the Christian opera `Parsifal' by Wagner, the redeemer.

Evaluation
Besides his unacceptable profound misogyny (`woman's great art is the lie, her highest concern is mere appearance'), Friedrich Nietzsche's brutal evangel is not less than a call for war, not peace. But in an age of nuclear, bio- and chemo-weapons, of veiled State terrorism and of demographic explosions, his call for an uninhibited exploitation of man's basic instincts to fight for the spoils should be categorically rejected.
His romantic anti-rational and anti-scientific stances became pipedreams.
On the other hand, his attacks on the power of the moralists, his sincere call to live in `Dionysian' freedom and not for `eternal bliss', as well as his vision that art is the only truly metaphysical activity of man, will continue to appeal strongly to many and remain the bright parts of his virulent diatribes.

His work is a must read for all philosophers and lovers of truly essential polemics.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the greatest, 1 Nov 1997
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there're few books in the history of mankind that are more important than this collection of nietzsche's main writings. just read it in kaufmann's remarkable translation.
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0 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ecce thump, 6 Dec 2011
This review is from: The Basic Writings of Nietzsche (Modern Library) (Paperback)
I have very little to say about this book because I have only read the online section. What a perfect joke it is, though, that the book contains a "reading group guide"! The book is to be read in a *group*, and misunderstood, and a happy guide has been provided for this purpose!
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