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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Nietzsche by Walter Kaufmann. This classic is the benchmark against which all modern books about Nietzsche are measured. When Walter Kaufmann wrote it in the immediate aftermath of World War II, most scholars outside Germany viewed Nietzsche as part madman, part proto-Nazi, and almost wholly unphilosophical.
Kaufmann rehabilitated Nietzsche nearly single-handedly, presenting his works as one of the gre This classic is the benchmark against which all modern books about Nietzsche are measured. Kaufmann rehabilitated Nietzsche nearly single-handedly, presenting his works as one of the great achievements of Western philosophy.
Responding to the powerful myths and countermyths that had sprung up around Nietzsche, Kaufmann offered a patient, evenhanded account of his life and works, and of the uses and abuses to which subsequent generations had put his ideas. Without ignoring or downplaying the ugliness of many of Nietzsche's proclamations, he set them in the context of his work as a whole and of the counterexamples yielded by a responsible reading of his books.
More positively, he presented Nietzsche's ideas about power as one of the great accomplishments of modern philosophy, arguing that his conception of the will to power was not a crude apology for ruthless self-assertion but must be linked to Nietzsche's equally profound ideas about sublimation.
He also presented Nietzsche as a pioneer of modern psychology and argued that a key to understanding his overall philosophy is to see it as a reaction against Christianity. Many scholars in the past half century have taken issue with some of Kaufmann's interpretations, but the book ranks as one of the most influential accounts ever written of any major Western thinker.
Get A Copy. Paperback , Fourth edition , pages. Published by Princeton University Press first published More Details Original Title. Friedrich Nietzsche. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Nietzsche , please sign up. He might have changed his mind had he lived longer-? See 1 question about Nietzsche…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist. Dec 19, Ted rated it it was amazing Shelves: have , reviews-liked , psychology , philosophy , existenialism-wide.
I have not read this book completely. But with three o I have not read this book completely. The fourth edition is still in print. The first quote is from the publisher presumably as it appears on Amazom no less.
More positively, he presented Nietzsche's ideas about power as one of the great accomplishments of modern philosophy, arguing that his conception of the "will to power" was not a crude apology for ruthless self-assertion but must be linked to Nietzsche's equally profound ideas about sublimation. And more publicity , some of the blurbs from the back cover chosen to impress Goodreaders.
Indispensable for anyone concerned with Nietzsche. The publisher, by the way, is Princeton U. Nietzsche, more than any other philosopher of the past hundred years, represents a major historical event.
His ideas are of concern not only to the members of one nation or community, nor alone to philosophers, but to men everywhere, and they have had repercussions in recent history and literature as well as in psychology and religious thought.
Without acceding to his philosophy, one may respect his overruling passion for intellectual integrity; and his protestant perspectives are often suggestive and fruitful even when they are unacceptable. And what about the reviewer?
These are the only places Kaufmann finds the phrase up to and including Zarathustra. He never again enjoyed a prolonged period of mental stability. In his sister took control of his remaining works and their publication. This publication information is presented and explained more fully on pages of the reviewed book.
But Kaufmann values Nietzsche very highly, and obviously thinks he is one of the great thinkers of nineteenth century philosophy. For anyone with a deep interest in Nietzsche I would recommend this book very highly. View all 13 comments. May 25, William2 rated it really liked it Shelves: ce , us , aphorisms , intellectuals , germany , christianity , greece , nonfiction , philosophy , literary-criticism.
View all 4 comments. Shelves: philosophy. Walter Kaufmann is one of the great popularists of philosophy, the Will Durant of his generation. If you are intimidated by the subject and the big names in the history of philosophy, Kaufmann is for you. If you liked this book, a positive appropriation of the oft-maligned, but ever-popular Nietzsche, then you ought look into his book on Hegel. I originally purchased this volume in paperback during a Nietzsche phase in college, then obtained a hardcover version years later.
Mar 14, Andrew added it Shelves: philosophy , nietzsche. This, I suppose, was the first step in the philosophical world's large-scale cleanup and renovation of Nietzsche's reputation in the wake of World War II. I can't argue with Kaufmann's well-written explanation of Nietzsche's ideas, and I can't argue with most of his analysis. However, he does a lot of whitewashing, and tries to posit Nietzsche as a more democratic figure than he actually was, by framing his arguments as "antipolitical," and spends a bit too much time trying to separate out Nietz This, I suppose, was the first step in the philosophical world's large-scale cleanup and renovation of Nietzsche's reputation in the wake of World War II.
However, he does a lot of whitewashing, and tries to posit Nietzsche as a more democratic figure than he actually was, by framing his arguments as "antipolitical," and spends a bit too much time trying to separate out Nietzsche's ideas from national socialism.
While Nietzsche was far from a Nazi, and while I've long been familiar with his horror at anti-Semitism and German nationalism, it's hard not to see that this makes an appalling basis for any kind of broad-scale social thinking, even if it's powerful when you're just trying to make sense of things.
Well, then there's the question of "who is this for? Novices might be put off by the fact that this is a page explication of a philosopher they don't know well, and might be better served by simply picking up a copy of Beyond Good and Evil. View 1 comment. Nov 19, David rated it it was amazing Shelves: biography-memoir , philosophy. Growing up in evangelical Christianity in America, all we knew about the German philosopher Nietszche was that he had declared "God is dead".
We even had shirts thankfully I never owned one that stated Nietzsche said God is dead, but God says Nietzsche is dead. I doubt that anyone who made those shirts, or even very few who attacked Nietzsche's anti-Christian philosophy read any of his actual writings, or even the best books about his writings.
I have read very few of his writings, maybe two b Growing up in evangelical Christianity in America, all we knew about the German philosopher Nietszche was that he had declared "God is dead". I have read very few of his writings, maybe two books. But I was lucky enough to realize early on there was more to Nietzsche then what many Christians said about him. Perhaps the scary part is that in much of his criticism of Christianity, he may be on to something.
It was jarring to read Kaufmann's book on Nietzsche the same day I saw people on social media saying things like, "I am a Christian, but times have changed Nietzsche did say that there was only one true Christian and he died on the cross. He may have been right. Kaufmann's book on Nietzsche is a must-read for pastors, or anyone who wants to know more about Nietzsche. If you are going to make comments about what Nietzsche said and thought and you are not going to take the time to read his own works, this is probably the book to read.
I assume there are many people like me - we want to have a basic grasp of big ideas and the works of movers and shakers like Nietzsche, but do not have the time to wade through all his books. Hey, in a perfect world with tons of time it would be great to read lots of philosophy. But I assume many people, like me, do not have the time or patience for that. Between taking care of kids and working, we barely have time to read much of anything. People like Kaufmann do a great service then. That said, this book does make me want to give some of Nietzshce's works a shot.
We'll see View 2 comments. A tome in its own right yet super readable and accessable if you have read and studied Nietzsche's corpus at any length.
Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist
Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist ; second edition ; third edition ; fourth edition ; fifth edition is a book about the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche by the philosopher Walter Kaufmann. The book, first published by Princeton University Press , was influential and is considered a classic study. Kaufmann has been credited with helping to transform Nietzsche's reputation after World War II by dissociating him from Nazism, and making it possible for Nietzsche to be taken seriously as a philosopher. However, he has been criticized for presenting Nietzsche as an existentialist, and for other details of his interpretation.