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6/14/04 10:52 AM
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ChemicalSage
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I've never read Nietzsche before, what should I read? I've taken maybe 5 philosophy courses and I'm generally a good reader.
6/14/04 6:21 PM
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I think that the best place to start ith Nietzsche is "On the Genealogy of Morals". It gives a good overview of main of the major themes that come up in regards to Nietzsche; Will to Power, Master and Slave, the transformation of understanding from the heroic to the tragic. Beyond Good and Evil, is also a good follow on to "Genealogy". It was Nietzsche's attempt to sum up his philosophical system. Where "Genealogy" deals with the how we arrived at the present evolution of the will to power, "Beyond Good and Evil" is subtitled "Prelude to a philosophy of the future". I did not start with either of those works. I started with the more literary "Thus spoke Zarathustra". I think would have gotten more out of it if I come to it through the more rigorous works.
6/14/04 10:06 PM
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I think "On the Genealogy of Morals" is the best choice to start with also. The first work of Nietzsche's that I read was "Twilight of the Idols" and then I read "Thus Spoke Zarathustr." Eventually, I read "On the Genealogy of Morals" and then "Beyond Good and Evil." After reading the later two, I could appreciate the former two much more. C.J.
6/15/04 3:57 PM
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ChemicalSage
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On the Genealogy of Morals it is then, off to the library.
6/24/04 7:55 AM
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'Nietzsche: Basic Writings' or 'The Portable Nietzsche' by Walter Kaufmann, who was considered an authority on FN. Both books have complete and un-abridged translations of several of his works and are very cheap.
6/25/04 8:45 AM
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ecce homo is awesome...talk about a look into a warped mind
6/26/04 7:56 PM
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geneology was my first book by neitzche and im glad it was. i still dont understand zarathustra. there are just so many ways to take it.
10/27/04 8:50 PM
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"i still dont understand zarathustra" and nietzsche expected this (thus the book for all and for none). he used a variety of styles throughout his works, but especially in this one. language and the expression of it was important to him and he always tried news ways to communicate his ideas. he of course saw it as his great work, but it gets ignored because of its inaccessibility. beyond good and evil as well as the geneology are both enjoyable and relatively easy to read.
11/5/04 8:02 AM
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kaufman's portable nietzsche rocked. I bought that and his translation of "The Will to Power", and definitely learned. Although I still couldn't hack my way through Zarathrustra.
11/23/04 7:42 PM
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12/11/04 2:39 AM
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what is the opinion on "a nietzsche reader", penguin classics, translated by hollinndale? Good place to start? Right now it is the only one I have so it may be my only place to start for a little while.
1/9/05 6:45 PM
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I see some of my advice had some impact, hehe. I don't even have to write anything.
2/12/05 6:04 AM
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3/26/05 3:59 PM
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"I've never read Nietzsche before, what should I read" LOL
5/6/05 2:00 AM
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"the antichrist" is a great book to start with
5/7/05 12:26 AM
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