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Nietzsche and Philosophy

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  • Hardcover: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. (17 Mar. 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0485112337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0485112337
  • Package Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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'Deleuze's book offers an extremely rich and systematic reading of Nietzsche ... To read Nietzsche and Philosophy is to experience the earnestness of Nietzsche's challenge to Western Philosophy.' Times Higher Education Supplement --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gilles Deleuze was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This is one of the few books that comes close to an understanding of Nietzsche's thought. It is by no means an introduction, and says a lot more for Deleuze than Nietzsche, but this book shows Deleuze is one of the first philosophers to read an understanding of Nietzsche.
By prioritising the affirmation and the radical ontology of a becoming flux; Deleuze comes close to an non-moral understanding of the will to power. It is certainly to be read against the works of Kaufmann; but it is meticulously close to the text of Nietzsche, and doesn't gloss over tricky passages to advance an unwieldy interpretation.
This book has inspired all subsequent scholarship, as with I highly recommend Leiter and Cox. It is also wonderfully close to the use of Nietzsche by Derrida, in his essay 'Difference' and 'Margins'.
If you want to understand Nietzsche on his own terms, then read this after reading Nietzsche's Oeuvre.
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This is not an introduction to Nietzsche as a thinker; there are no biographical details or judgements of his legacy. This book is an exposition of Deleuze's reading of Nietzsche - indeed he includes 4 rules for reading him rewardingly. If you agree, Deleuze's perspective is a profound one; an in-depth analysis Nietzsche's project - from nihilism to the revaluation of values. Deleuze suggests that Nietzsche's greatness could lie merely in his discovery of how to seperate 'ressentiment' and bad-conscience. Nietzsche, however, through his use of genealogy or symptomatology, also exposed the role nihilism plays in shaping the all-to-human.This finds its latest dogmatic manifestation in the German dialectic which Nietzsche is contemtuous of. It turns out that Deleuze is sympathetic to Zarathustra's counsel to dance, play and roar with laughter; in other words to affirm Dionysus, rather than attempt to escape him in nihilism. This book valiantly attempts to explain the puzzling and difficult positive side of Nietzsche's thought. For a moment I thought I had grasped a coherent idea of eternal return. Deleuze may have understood it, but after one reading I'm not there yet. According to Deleuze, Nietzsche is an infuriating, profound, mercurial and radical thinker of enormous influence in contemporary French philosophy. Rather like Deleuze.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AN EXCELLENT BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO OL' FRED! 5 Nov. 2015
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Deleuze takes Nietzsche's core ideas, repeating them and revealing them many times over--they are profound ideas that may change your life, or at least how you thought of Nietzsche--and leads the reader through Nietzsche's works so that at last a sort of understanding is reached. The book is difficult, true, but if you threw down Foucault or Sartre give this book a chance. Deleuze even translates foreign phrases for you--something even Gasset does not do, and he's an easy read generally, and he evens composes an excellent summary chart of Nietsche's main concepts discussed in the book: this kind of consistent repitition of terribly difficult and challenging concepts makes it much easier for us to stick with it, for as we go along in the book we are constantly coming upon the same lexiconical associations with these concepts that makes them famiiliar, if not easier to grasp. Things you learn about Nietzsche will surprise you--as well as others, when you tell them!
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Introduction 12 Jun. 2017
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I was recommended this book by Jean-Luc Marion as a fairly trustworthy introduction to Nietzsche's thought. The book did not disappoint. Deleuze's credal insistence on immanence is capable of giving a systematic shape to Nietzsche's thought the likes of which can only be compared to Michel Henry's brilliant assessment in The Genealogy of Psychoanalysis--which I cannot recommend enough as an invaluable philosophical resource.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This one started it all 26 Jun. 2007
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I was putting together my thesis on Nietzsche and, after pouring through the traditional secondary texts, was directed to Deleuze. Roughly twelve years later, I finally felt like I was able to make some sense of the damn thing.

Nietzsche wrote "for those with ears to hear". Deleuze heard and wrote in the same voice. Or, at least, with the same timbre. Brilliant, insightful, powerful, dense, abstract, chock-full of enough neologisms to make Webster blush. This book might be a complete departure from Nietzsche. But that is the point. While many might read closer to the letter of Nietzsche, no-one evokes the spirit. Not even close.

It is one of those ultra-rare literary experiences that challenges you to your utmost limit - never giving you a step of ground, but always hinting (seductively) at the glory at the top of the mountain.

If you read Nietzsche and felt that somehow all of the commentaries were a little "off", a little simplistic, then buy this book and give it a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. 7 Dec. 2014
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An outstanding book. Deleuze's reading of Nietzsche is remarkable and for the most part profoundly faithful. Perhaps my only real outright disagreement with Deleuze on Nietzsche is Deleuze's understanding of the Eternal Return. But even then I must follow Derrida and allow Deleuze to "read philosophy in a certain way". Deleuze sets up a lot of his own thought in this, so if you are familiar with Nietzsche and are interested in Deleuze this is a must read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for Deleuze. 26 Jan. 2014
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As Michael Hardt says in the forward, we discover here the concepts and positions that become central to Deleuze's later work. "...There is no identity from which all the differences in the world emanate, nor any unity to which they fall back..." Deleuze's preface to the translation begins with Nietzsche's "posthumous fate... was his thought a forerunner of fascist thinking? And was this thought itself really a philosophy or was it an over-violent poetry, made up of capricious aphorisms and pathological fragments?"
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