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Excerpted by permission of Random House Publishing Group. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. Nietzsche is one of the few philosophers since Plato whom large numbers of intelligent people read for pleasure.

Nietzsche remains one of the most influential philosophers of our time. As Walter Kaufmann notes, "No other philosopher since Plato and Aristotle, with the exception of Kant and Hegel, has influenced so many widely different thinkers and writers so profoundly. One of Nietzsche's major themes is the idea of "the eternal recurrence. What does he seem to mean by it? What are its implications?

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As Peter Gay notes, Nietzsche has been one of the most persistently misunderstood writers in the history of Western thought. What are some of the misunderstandings that have attended his work? Are some thinkers more easily misappropriated than others? Nietzsche's style is particularly iconoclastic and unique; as Walter Kaufmann notes, "Nietzsche clearly wanted to be read with a delighted awareness of nuances of style and thought.

Is Nietzsche's style inseparable from his meaning? One of Nietzsche's favorite devices is the aphorism.

Why is this form significant for Nietzsche? What does he accomplish by writing in this way?

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Can all of his writing be said to be in some way aphoristic? For Nietzsche, the most important philosophy is always "untimely," and Nietzsche had a particularly complicated and contentious relationship toward many of his contemporaries, for instance Wagner. Discuss Nietzsche's various attitudes toward his contemporaries as stated in Basic Writings, and conversely the ideas, figures, and ways of thinking that Nietzsche seems to find most sympathetic to his own philosophy.

Nietzsche has been considered a nihilist, and also a philosopher who more than anything sought to transcend nihilism.

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Discuss the idea of nihilism in broad terms, and Nietzsche's use or development of this idea. Throughout Nietzsche's work is a call for a new philosophy, for radical breaks with various conventional ideas and methodologies, and for new philosophers. What are some of Nietzsche's hopes for the future of philosophy?

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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. Basic Writings of Nietzsche by Friedrich Nietzsche ,. Peter Gay Introduction. Basic Writings of Nietzsche gathers the complete texts of five of Nietzsche's most important works, from his first book to his la Introduction by Peter Gay Translated and edited by Walter Kaufmann Commentary by Martin Heidegger, Albert Camus, and Gilles Deleuze One hundred years after his death, Friedrich Nietzsche remains the most influential philosopher of the modern era.

Edited and translated by the great Nietzsche scholar Walter Kaufmann, this volume also features seventy-five aphorisms, selections from Nietzsche's correspondence, and variants from drafts for Ecce Homo. It is a definitive guide to the full range of Nietzsche's thought. Get A Copy. Paperback , Modern Library Classics , pages. Published January 25th by Random House, Inc. More Details Original Title.

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To ask other readers questions about Basic Writings of Nietzsche , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Basic Writings of Nietzsche. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. The main thing to emphasize is the convenience of this edition for students and scholars. It looks to me like one might have some issues with Kaufmann's translation, especially as regards "Beyond Good and Evil;" I prefer literal translations myself, and he seems to be on the mark with "The Birth of Tragedy.

You get those, and a gem of a work in "The Case of Wagner," a very short work where Nietzsche blasts Wagner for his anti-Semitism, his shallow critique of Christianity, and embrace of the Reich. Will you need more Nietzsche than this? Probably - you'll most certainly need to read Zarathustra, Twilight of the Idols, and The Anti-Christ, which you won't get here, just to understand "Ecce Homo," which is included here.

But again, this is an excellent starting point.

View 1 comment. I thought I was spiritually strong enough to peer with impunity through the hole Nietzsche tore open in the veil of the abyss - that somehow the abyss would not notice me glancing into it, would leave me alone. Now, more than one year after completing this anthology and Thus Spake Zarathustra I understand that these books don't leave a serious reader unchanged.

While on one level I approached them seriously, ready for the challenge, on another level I may have been playing chicken with the abyss, not fully considering the personal impact philosophy can have. If you really open your mind and let these ideas in, your old ideas will most likely find themselves overpowered.

Basic Writings of Nietzsche Modern Library Classics

Once read, these books can't be unread.