The Antichrist (Great Books in Philosophy) Paperback – 20 Nov 2000
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About the Author
FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE was born on October 15, 1844, to the family of a Protestant minister in the town of Rocken, which is located in the Saxony-Anhalt region of what is now eastern Germany. After studing philosophy in Bonn and Leipzig, Nietzsche became a professor at the University of Basel, Switzerland, in 1869. Later he opted to become a Swiss citizen.
While working in Switzerland, he published his first book, a literary work titled The Birth of Tragedy from the Spirit of Music. This volume was produced during Nietzsche's friendship with the composer Richard Wagner, though only a few years would pass before the two would part ways as a result of personal and intellectual differences.
In failing health and unable to devote himself full time to both teaching and independent writing, Nietzsche chose to resign his university position. During the next decade he wrote such works as Thus Spake Zarathustra (most of which appeared in 1883), Beyond Good and Evil (1886), Genealogy of Morals (1887), Twilight of the Gods (1888), Antichrist (1888), and Ecce Homo (1888).
His collapse while in Turin, Italy, in early 1899, would prove the beginning of a long and arduous struggle with ill health and insanity. Nietzsche died in the care of his family in Weimar on August 25, 1900, just a few weeks prior to his fifty-sixth birthday.
Nietzsche advocated the view that all humankind should reject otherworldliness and instead rely on its own creative potential to discover values that best serve the social good. His infamous "superman" or "overman" is one who has recognized how to channel individual passions in the direction of creative outlets. In rejecting the morality of the masses, Nietzsche celebrates the pursuit of classical virtues.
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The Antichrist (1888, written months before he fell ill to death) contains THE MOST FURIOUS ATTACKS by Nietzsche against christianity. It is as if this criticism that we encounter in all of his writings, has been like a fester in his mind and whole spirit that bursts out here as an incredible, tremendously powerful explosion.
"I BRING YOU THE MOST TERRIBLE DENUNCIATION AGAINST THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH THAT HAS EVER BEEN CHARGED AS ANY ATTORNEY GENERAL EVER HAS DONE. I WILL WRITE DOWN THIS ETERNAL CHARGE AGAINST CHRISTIANITY EVERYWHERE WERE THERE ARE WALLS, I EVEN DISPOSE OF SPECIAL LETTERS TO EVEN MAKE THE BLIND SEE.".
The reason for Nietzsche to do/write so, is because he found christianity, with Paul and the ancient fathers of the christian church in front (NOT the person of "Jesus" as so often misinterpreted!), GUILTY for the decline of the ANTIQUITY. Christianity was the vampire of the IMPERIUM ROMANUM. As the author was a hughe admirer of antiquity, not to say that he saw it as a kind of ideal world, a greater denunciation is indeed hard to think of as to him.
AN ABSOLUTE MUST FOR EVERYONE (sic!!!). Lots of people talk about the book, but have never read it, for different reasons. Some amongst them "HATE" Nietzsche - BUT that is hardly a reason at all, others are afraid the read is too difficult for them. This book is only about 100 pages, has SOME difficult stuff to read on A FEW PAGES - but certainly NOT THE WHOLE WORK!
THIS IS ONE OF THE MASTERPIECES (everyone should have read already) OF NIETZSCHE, WHICH I WARMLY RECOMMEND from the bottom of my whole being: A REAL MUST in which you can see Nietzsche really fulminating on the very highest level (in every way and sense!) ever done. A FANTASTIC BOOK THAT YOU WILL RE-READ.
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